Paris Couture week got off to an elegant start on Monday with one of the event’s most historic and important labels: Dior. There was a room lined with 150,000 real orchids, celebrities including Jennifer Lawrence, Emma Watson, Charlize Theron and Sean Penn, and lots of lovely clothes.
Ever since his debut couture outing for the house in 2012, Raf Simons’s shows have become particularly exciting to see. While clearly exhibiting the emotion and attention to detail couture is known for, his collections also challenge what we think couture is supposed to be, as they often include pants, jackets, short skirts and other wearable items, in addition to the typical frothy evening gowns.
Simons continued down that trajectory for fall 2014. Following a series of stunning, voluminous gowns (with pockets, of course), he introduced an assortment of jumpsuits and baggy pants that, at least in terms of shape, would not have looked out of place in an auto shop. Or perhaps a spaceship -- according to the Wall Street Journal’s Christina Passariello, Simons took inspiration from astronauts.
The big takeaway, aside from the jumpsuits and pants, is the outerwear. The dozen or so ankle-grazing coats, some in neutral solids, some in sumptuous furs and others colorfully embroidered, are not only gorgeous and elegant, but also practical for a collection that does ostensibly become available for fall. We’re also taking them as a sign that ankle-length is going to be the “it” coat silhouette for next season.
Click through the gallery to see the full collection.