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Paris Fall 2014: Christian Dior, Issey Miyake, Roland Mouret, Isabel Marant - Daily Front Row
Christian Dior: Yet another ravishing collection from Raf Simons chez Dior! Simons had city girls in mind this season. There were sharply tailored single and double-breasted pantsuits in burgundy and emerald green, blazers thrown over simple silk cocktail dresses, and overcoats came either in astrakhan or wool with sleeves that clocked in slightly shorter than three-quarter-length. A peachy pink overcoat had white crisscross lacing like a corset up each side of the waist. The lacing was a theme that ran throughout the collection. It added major sex appeal to a black knee-length off the shoulder cocktail dress where it snaked down the models' left side, accentuating the hips and waistline. Color popped on this runway and some of the most stunning looks came in this category of two-toned dresses. A short red velvet dress came with a cerulean deep-v overlay, finished off with a paneled swing skirt that revealed hints of red beneath as the model walked. A bright green cocktail dress came with a magenta deep-v overlay slit up one side to reveal more of the dress beneath the dress. Texture was another big theme, done in quilted materials like a quilted lipstick red asymmetrical tulip skirt and bubblegum pink sleeveless top. Other iterations came in looks like a voluminously-skirted black dress whose skirt looked not unlike sleeping bag material. A material only Simons’ hands could turn into the height of chic without consuming the female figure. For eveningwear, the show closed with a white confetti sequined T shirt dress and sheer black confetti gowns worn over short white sleeveless t-shirt dresses. These were an ode to some of Simons' casual notions this year, not unlike the sneakers that accompanied his couture show last month. Designers always reference the modern woman, but Simons is one that is actually taking that notion and running with it.