Flemish painters inspire Raf Simmons for Dior Couture collection

Actress Emily Blunt among stars attending Dior’s new Couture collection presentation, inspired by Flemish painters.

PARIS, FRANCE (JULY 6, 2015) (REUTERS) – Actress Emily Blunt was among the stars attending Dior’s Couture show on Monday (July 6), set in the garden of the Rodin museum in Paris, a perfect venue for a show that was inspired by Flemish painters.

To unveil his latest Couture collection Autumn/Winter 2015/2016, designer Raf Simmons built up a massive structure made of metal tubes and glass decorated with small touches of colours.

Among the stars attending the show were models Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Natalia Vodianova, as well as actresses Lupita Nyong’o and Emily Blunt.

“I just expect to be blown away by how beautiful it is. He’s so artistic and I love the modernity he brings and elegance, femininity and the influence of contemporary art. I’m a big contemporary art fan so I think it’s why I really respond to Dior,” Blunt told Reuters Television.

In the show notes distributed to guests, the designer said he took inspiration from arts and especially from masters of Flemish paintings and how past inspirations still influence the present ones. Among the 57 outfits presented in the collection, models were seen wearing long oversized coats or capes with silk linings, flared dresses with pastel prints or adorned with jewellery worn on knitted tops. Fabrics used were rich, with mainly cashmere and silk and colours were mostly pastel, apart from the burgundy or navy coats, usually worn above light and pale silk dresses.

Dior is one of the many brands in the stable of LVMH, the world’s No. 1 luxury group headed by Sydney Toledano.