Over the years Raf Simons has proven to be a master of mixing ideas and characteristics from different eras, past and future, while never forgetting the House of Dior's famed esthetic, to create the most interesting looks of Paris' Couture Week. The past few seasons seemed to have a particular focus on the futuristic, whereas this one focuses more on the past. More specifically Raf Simons' very own Belgian cultural heritage; the famous Flemish masters.
What you get is the tiny waists and full skirts of Dior's New Look, as well as the rich colour palette and silhouettes you can see in the old Flemish paintings. Hieronymus Bosch's Garden of Earthly Delights specifically formed inspiration for the collection and its show setting, held in a beautiful pavilion in Musée Rodin's beautiful gardens.
Although sometimes it is good to see the art of Haute Couture apart from celebrity culture, I just can't help to imagine Dior's superstar embassadors Jennifer Lawrence and Marion Cotillard donning some of the magnificent pieces shown, at premieres and award shows later this year. Because well, some of those gowns are absolute best-dressed certainties.