Simons stamps his natural mark on Dior

September 27, 2013 • Entertainment

Princess Siriwanwaree Nareerat Of Thailand arrives to attend Christian Dior’s ready-to-wear Spring/Summer 2014 fashion collection, presented Friday, Sept. 27, 2013 in Paris. (AP Photo/Zacharie Scheurer)

PARIS (AP) — Thousands of square meters (yards) of hanging vines, wisteria and roses — some real, some fake — created a garden setting through which designer Raf Simons’ took guests on the latest Christian Dior journey for spring-summer 2014.

But in the garden Simons created — with its lurid-colored flora hanging from make-shift metal scaffolding — the bees sting and things were off kilter.

This was not place for faint-hearted traditionalists.

And nor was Friday’s ready-to-wear collection entitled “Against Nature.”

On a combative mission, a more confident Simons — now in his third season at the creative helm — said he wanted to “change the very nature of things” and form “a new tribe of flower women,” of Monsieur Dior.

And with a promise of a poisonous rose bed, guests including French first Lady Valerie Trierweiler to models Eva Herzigova and Natalia Vodianova, ducked under hanging branches to get a glimpse into how a now more confident designer — in his third season at the creative helm — would impose his personal vision on to the house’s weighty DNA.

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