May 10, 2017 | By Carlene Thomas Bailey
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Paris: Raf Simons described his Autumn/Winter collection for Christian Dior “something more liberated, darker, more sexual.” From flora to fauna, it was nothing as feminine as the previous collection but here was a new found commercial lineup. Beginning with a vignette of cutaway little black dresses with contrast coloured hems and mesh collars, the presentation built in crescendo. Masculine tailored tweed pantsuits comprised of double-breasted jackets and cropped, cuffed pants, second-skin body suits were worn under covetable tweed coats while mini coatdresses were paired with thigh-high vinyl boots while the sartorial side was exemplified in masculine shirts, worn oversized and tucked into a monochromatic tweed skirts. Prints drew influence from the early days of Dior yet were blown up to abstract proportions. But it was those coats – oversized in cashmere or fur, tinged in colours of pink and green that were beautiful and luxurious and quite easily could be worn on their own for the alluring and sensual seductress! – Lizzy Bowring
Theme: Luxurious, liberated and sexual
Key Items: Coatdresses / Double breasted jackets / Slim cropped pants / Masculine shirts / Roomy coats / Spliced skirts / Body suits / Pieced dresses / LBD
Colour: Baby pink / Grass green / Black / White / Biscuit / Chocolate / Deep coral / Orange / Burgundy
Materials and Trims: Tweeds / Fox fur / Mesh / Metallic collars / Wool / Silk / Lycra / Cashmere
Print and Pattern: Abstract animal / Undulating wavy stripes /
Footwear and Accessories: Thigh-high vinyl boots / Sunglasses / Ankle boots / Shoulder bags
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