Retro 1970s patterns dominate at wild Dior show

Dior’s Autumn-Winter collection is inspired by nature and animals, with 1970s patterns and colours.

PARIS, FRANCE (MARCH 6, 2015) (REUTERS) – Belgian designer Raf Simons took inspiration from the 1970s for his latest Dior Autumn-Winter ready-to-wear collection of abstract animal patterns unveiled at Paris’s Louvre museum on Friday (March 6).

Perched on extra high thigh boots, models wore bodysuits with camel and black patterns matched with oversized coats in fox fur or patent leather.

“I saw lots of vinyl thigh boots. It’s going to be difficult to wear them, you can’t have thighs that are too big, you must have long, slim legs to wear them. Also very pretty colours, plexiglas, with a little bit of ‘plastic is fantastic’,” said French designer Agnes b said after the show.

Simons took inspiration from Christian Dior’s own revolutionary use of leopard print in 1947 to give to his collection an animal touch, work he had already started for his Haute Couture collection in January.

“I really enjoyed it, I found the coats looked amazing and again, the catsuits were super, the craftsmanship was amazing, the colours I loved them, the boots, they were latex as well, like Haute Couture which were super crazy and I loved them, I mean, I want like all of them in my closet,” said fashion blogger Sofie Valkiers.

Set in the Louvre’s courtyard, the show was attended by U.S. rapper Kanye West and New Zealand singer Lorde, as well as French actresses Laetitia Casta, Marie Josee Croze and Aymeline Valade.

Simons took the reins at Dior in 2012 after the departure of disgraced designer John Galliano, who was also expected to make his come-back to Paris fashion week with Maison Martin Margiela later in the day.

Paris fashion week will continue until March 11 with further highlights being Chanel, Valentino and Saint Laurent.