Finale at Christian Dior Haute Couture Spring 2015
Christian Dior creative director Raf Simons has a “go big or go home” mentality when it comes to his elaborate sets for the label. Known for utilizing flowers as decor, last season’s couture show featured walls covered in more than 150,000 white orchids. However, this season the designer went for a bit more structure. Drawing inspiration from “the druggie aspect of the ’60s and ’70s with the early salon style of the ’50s,” Simons constructed a space-age set with Pepto-Bismol-pink plush carpeting and wall-to-wall mirrors.
“I wanted that feeling of a sensory overload both in the collection and in the venue for the show,” Simons said. “Something encrusted and bejeweled alongside the shock of bright color and sensuality in the clothing with an architectural structure and interior that has a similarly disorientating feeling; somewhere you cannot quite place where you are, or which period of time you are in.”
Despite the lack of physical flowers, first-time couture attendee and face of Miss Dior perfume, actress Natalie Portman, compared the mesmerizing set to “the inside of a mechanical rose.” And hey, given the sets of the past, she’s probably not too far off with that idea.