Dior presented the fall-winter collection for 2014 on the seventh of July in Paris. Raf Simons once again presents a collection that is elegant, fanciful, and manages to look extremely wearable while maintaining the artistry and theatrics associated with couture collections.
The opening dresses are gorgeous in glowing white, shaped like tulips, the waistline reminiscent of the famous Bar Jacket. The skirts and embroidery echo the flower motif of classic Dior. This collection is a very sleek with a modern twist on some Dior house staples.
The two-piece jacket and pencil skirt combos are among my favourites. The subtle differences in hemlines, patterned after flower petals, brings a bit of playfulness to the clean look.
I'm not too sure how I feel about the long coats. In certain angles I love the way they look, yet I can't shake the feeling of the Queen's coat dress mixed with a Russian winter coat. In my opinion, the coats are better styled open than buttoned up. I'm also not a fan of the exaggerated neckline, especially the large annular bibs and that bat-wing monstrosity in electric blue.
I love this red jacket with the angled twist on a classic cuff.
The collection also featured airy slim dresses, perhaps to give actresses and patrons a chance to wear the new collection without dying from heat stroke in a fur coat at an August event.
Overall I think it's a decent collection, more exciting than last year's winter collection but I still prefer the spring couture from earlier this year. My all-time favourite (since I've started following Dior) would be the 2012 Fall-Winter Ready to Wear collection.
High res pictures of the entire collection can be found at DiorMag.