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Christian Dior Spring 2014: Diaganol Pleats and More Original Ideas from Raf Simons



Leave it to Raf Simons to introduce shapes we haven't yet seen on a runway this season with his collection for Dior. Among the most memorable looks were skirts with a lean silhouette from the mid-thigh down and a ballooning shape from the mid-thigh up. It certainly isn't the easiest silhouette to pull off, but it made for eye-catching pieces, especially when done with a stripe motif. Also new were languid diagonally pleated skirts with hip cut-outs and innovative takes on shirtdresses that came ruched and finished with contorted lines of buttons.

For the more traditional, there were colorfully pleated skirts and dresses that came with a variety of hemline lengths, while more fashion-forward ones came emblazoned with slogans like "HYPERREALNESS IN THE DAYTIME." Other dresses had diagonal strips of fabric for visual interest or diagonally pleated panels, all of which made for a collection full of fresh ideas.

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