Dior Cruise 2015
Dior took-over New York’s Brooklyn Navy Yard for its Cruise 2015 catwalk show on Wednesday evening with guests including Helena Christensen, Rihanna, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Lady Dior Marion Cotillard in attendance.
American style and identity in its purest form is combined with quintessential European sensibility to form a basis for the collection.
“America is a constant inspiration for me,” says Raf Simons. “The pop culture, the energy, the fluidity… there is just something so alive here. What I always like in America is that there is such a melting pot of styles. But there is always a look – a strong look. Whether it is uptown or downtown, East or West coast, there is always a strength and reality to how women dress here.”
The silk scarf, or French carré, features prominently whether its as a sleeve of a bodice or wrapped as a skirt, around shoes or intertwined with jewellery.
“I wanted an element of playfulness in powerful looks, it was an element of freedom coming into those looks,” explains Raf 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.”