Ah, to be inside Raf Simons' brain... Then again, perhaps that's the beauty of his talent - for he transports his visions of women straight from the brain to the catwalk and then finally, to the street. His vision of women; simultaneously electrifyingly avant-grade and vulnerable, is a constant, revered step forward. His approach is a building block, always a nod to the foundations yet always an upwards climb. Fitting, as this season he went urban. It was all about the city and all about the dream. It was tough and real, yet the Dior Garden of romanticism and ethereality from last season still lingered in the air. "I am attracted to the reality of the urban world and environment, not just to the leisured world of the event or the party. This Dior woman inhabits both!" said Simons. The Dior woman is above and beyond, but she is still oh so real and genuine. That's the power of Raf Simons as architect. Bright lights and a bigger city. Raf Simons owns the streets.
Simons wanted to offer 'another reality, another function.' The masculine strength of this deep navy dress was beautifully undercut by the pink fluoro slit, by the splice of modernity and softness. Even the shoes are a hybrid between the urban and the soft feminine. A true conjunction of masculine/feminine, this dress mesmerised in its simple breath-taking beauty.