Christian Dior’s Raf Simons sent the Paris fashion house on a journey around the globe with collection for couture week.
From Asia to the Americas – via the stripes and patterns of Africa’s Masai – Simons appeared to have found the confidence to go beyond the weighty heritage of Dior’s history and explore his own visions.
Elsewhere, Giambattista Valli’s show pulled in many of the designer’s faithful followers.
He produced 39 diaphanous creations in off whites, pale greys, red and Renaissance blue which stunned his audience with their finely balanced play of texture, layering and transparency.
Meanwhile, Dutch designer Iris Van Herpen presented an innovative show called ‘Wilderness embodies’.
Known for integrating science with fashion she used 3D printing to create her clothes and shoes, making walking sculptures out of metallic, shell-like structures built-up with magnets.