The house of Dior showcased its Cruise 2015 collection in New York recently, and very aptly had the showing at the Brooklyn Navy Yard by the banks of the East River. Raf Simons, Creative Director of Dior admitted that he was constantly influenced by America – its fluidity, pop culture and energy.
“I wanted an element of playfulness in powerful looks, it was an element of freedom coming into those looks,” explains Simons. “This freedom is something I admire in the way particular American women dress. And I feel a really strong energy coming from American women in their response to the work I am doing at Dior – and historically to the response America had to the work of Christian Dior himself. It is a reciprocal relationship and I wanted to return that feeling.”
The collection’s leitmotif is the silk scarf, or the French carré. Here the scarf is transformed into ‘the flag’ of the collection; its pop iconography playfully explored, its conservative, lady-like connotations exploded, its sinuous, free-spirited sensibility embraced. The carré’s geometry is often borrowed for the construction of garments and the scarf’s hand-painted patterning for their supple decoration.
Check out the rest of the collection.