Christian Dior Spring 2014 Collection

Posted on September 30, 2013

Spring is apparently going to be slightly askew this season, according to the house of Dior. You’ll find the expected collection of seasonally appropriate florals and delicate separates (including the sheerest sheer skirts imaginable), but there’s a clear sense of playing with the forms and shapes this time.  There are times when it comes off very forced, to be honest, but we can appreciate the attempt by Raf Simons to give both the house style and entrenched ideas about spring fashion a little bit of a twist. A literal one, in some cases.

 

 

 

 

 

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  • Nikko Viquiera

    Maybe my taste is too pedestrian, but I do not like these.

    • 3boysful

      80% overworked fug.

  • Latin Buddy

    Trying WAY TOO HARD to be Balenciaga/Rodarte

    • Darren Nesbitt

      I feel some Stella in there too.

      • Aurumgirl

        Now there’s a condemnation.

  • mjude

    do not like, how sad, except the last 2 .

    • makeityourself

      I’m with you. I got to the black suit and thought, “after all of these colorful garments, this is the first thing I like; that’s a sad statement.” So the rest of it I shall dismiss. But damn, that black suit is excellent. The slight flare of the jacket at the hips is so Dior, and so modern.

      • nyll18

        Hate to do this to you, but look at the last photo in the spread- you can see the view of the back of that suit in the background. Kinda ruins the look.

        • makeityourself

          OMG. silence.

  • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

    I have made an important decision. I flatly refuse to see sheer skirts any longer. They are now instantly edited from my eye’s rods and cones.

    However, were I a lady, and one of means, I would get me one of them cropped orange leather jackets before the day was out.

    • Sarah

      My rods & cones agree, and also refuse to see runway titties anymore.

      • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

        Amen, Sarah!

      • conniemd

        Tits are not really great accessories or design elements, so having them show brings nothing to the clothing. They are round dark objects with a darker center and resemble bulls-eyes.

        • random_poster

          Right? If you want me to pay attention to your clothes and appreciate the design, take the non-lazy route and throw some sort of lining under your sheer garment.

    • Suzanne Moore

      Yes! The orange cropped jacket with the skinny pants is soothing to the eye. I’d like one of those outfits, please.

      The rest of the collection is fug. The incomplete necklaces really irritate me. Reminds me of some alien life form that’s randomly attaching itself to ugly clothes so it can replicate.

  • http://dontmakeitlikeimdumb.blogspot.com/ annabelle archer

    What I really need to see are the bags! The dresses are too sheety and too overwrought to spark my interest. But what little I could see of the purses made my heart pitter patter.

    • valerie747

      Exactly! The bags caused my envy glands to secrete at warp-speed.

  • Slade Thunderdragon

    This collection is absurd. I hate almost everything in it.

    • Rhonda Shore

      Indeed. I could barely get through all of those absolutely miserable-looking models. Dull, dreary, and depressing. Those handbags could not save this — the decline of Dior.

  • filmcricket

    I like lots of the colours, even if I can’t wear them. But “askew” is the mot juste, holy cow. I’m feeling bunchy just looking at a lot of these. And those cobweb skirt/David Byrne jacket combos are just stupid.

    • luluransom

      Bunchy: that mot is even more juste.

  • Kathy_Marlow

    I offer all the shoes sanctuary should they find the world is mad at them…

  • princessricky

    why would I want to wear a sideways lampshade skirt that looks like its about to get blown away?? poor J Law and cotillard. they’re going to have to wear this shit.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1180174329 Elizabeth Phillips

    Maybe I’m being a straight woman here, but I’m really tired of seeing boobs…

  • gabbilevy

    Now I’m just mad. This collection, and so much that has gone down runways this season, is aggressively ugly, way too complicated, and not at all aspirational — just difficult to wear. A lot of fashion designers ought to take a good hard look at what exactly it is they’re trying to do, if it it’s just “out fad the next guy,” well, don’t.

  • BayTampaBay

    Fugly! Just plain Fugly!

    I would not buy any of this stuff even if it was on the Clearance Rack at TJMaxx…not even for the inside labels to be cut out and transplanted to pieces of the Jessica Simpson Collection from Macy’s.

  • schadenfreudelicious

    I shall take the handbags and perhaps the shoes…the rest not so much…those dresses with the flapping attached ribbons look like a disaster waiting to happen…

  • Frank_821

    Who is styling this show?

    This runway could have been 100% better with different choices matching up the outfits and the presentation

    ugh. I hate it when deisgners pull this shit

    • bertkeeter

      Agree…clothes would look awesome in a completely blacked out room!

  • Garcia Loca

    I just can’t with the deranged caterpillar eyebrows. Are they supposed to symbolize the beautiful butterflies about to emerge as harbingers of spring?

    Also, in many of the pieces, the pairing of plain black with prints and colors looks half-assed and lazy, to be brutally honest.

    Finally (and this might just be my own hangup), I associate this type of pleating with either very young girls or very mature ladies. Grown women will look like mutton dressed as lamb in these.

    • valerie747

      “mutton dressed as lamb” Bwhaaaaaaaaaa

      • Jackie4g

        My late mother used that expression all the time!

    • Loola234

      On many of the models, the eyebrows just made them look confused, tres, tres confused.

  • valerie747

    These made me LOL. Is that the intended response?

  • PeggyOC

    What is it with the hanks of yarn draped around their necks?

  • vickilu

    Dear lord, Jennifer Lawrence, run for your life.

  • sagecreek

    I liked some of it, but OMG what’s with the horrible pink Leslie Fay band-on-the-bottom top in the 5th picture down?

  • Danielle

    Sorry, I was distracted by the gilded eyebrows to notice anything else.

  • mlle

    Sheer pleated skirts with cutouts at the hip. I can’t even.

    At least those ridiculous neck fringes appear to be necklaces rather than part of the garments.

  • Blair Sylvester

    I have to give Raf Simons credit for one thing his last few shows have really seemed fun. These are clothes that I wouldn’t always want to see women wearing in the real life of red carpets and movie premieres but they always make me smile

  • lalahartma

    Argh yuck

  • SewingSiren

    Caution tape and paper lanterns.

  • Darren Nesbitt

    I’m a pretty young guy and I own harem (Bieber diaper) pants. But I don’t get this new Dior. It’s all so forward and out of my grasp. I don’t get it.

  • bertkeeter

    Lovely colors but designs are tedious, overworked, gimmicky, unflattering…..have I left anything out?

    • Jackie4g

      Nope, you’ve summed it up nicely.

  • decormaven

    What’s with the dead seaweed scarves? If this is a stab at whimsy or playfulness, it missed.

  • Imasewsure

    Love the floral skirts at the beginning and the plain black stuff as usual. Some of this is so weird and stupid… on the fence about the dresses with the caution tape sayings on them… dumb but fun? Dunno

  • AceOn6

    Not sure what the point of the sheer tops is other than to remind folks that see through shirts were a fad in the late 70s. They died for a reason.

  • http://www.tomandlorenzo.com/ Tom and Lorenzo

    Please, guys. We’re begging you. Leave the Project Runway commentary for the Project Runway posts.

    • Erica_Vuitton

      9 up from the bottom really looks similar to the skirt/dress Kate did for the last challenge though, no?

      • http://www.tomandlorenzo.com/ Tom and Lorenzo

        What exactly was hard to understand about our comment?

  • Stubenville

    Uh, no. Thank you for trying. Some of these are so bad that I laughed out loud. The transparent (not even sheer) skirts under the metallic pink and silver jackets? Bwa ha ha….

    • majorbedhead

      Yeah, those are ridiculous.

  • belfebe

    These are not meant to be worn by any human being, female or not,

  • Lesley

    i usually love the Dior shows this one fell alittle flat. i was left really disappointed.

  • Erica_Vuitton

    5th pic down. My 86 year old grandmother has that pink sweater. She bought it at Penny’s in 1995. She wears it with matching pink pants and nude sensible leather pumps. No lie.

    I’m trying to picture J Law in any of these and I just can’t. I’m sad she may still be contractually obligated to wear some of these and that goes completely against her normal girl persona. The “caught in a shredder” dresses are beyond hideous. And what’s with the text lines running across the lady bits? Do you really want people staring at your crotch when wearing Dior?? Lastly, the pastel dresses at the end with the pleated satin look like Rodarte.

    • SouthernGirlRena

      I thought that sweater was especially dated looking. Making it so sheer you can see boobs did not make it look more modern.

      • Erica_Vuitton

        Especially because no one is actually going to wear it sans bra/cami.

  • Monzerrat Ontiveros

    BRING GALLIANO BACK! PRONTO!!!!

  • jilly_d

    powder blue. sheer. pleated. shorts. I don’t understand what’s happening here.

  • vitaminC

    Dumb, tacky, and eye-searingly unflattering. The only redeeming garments here are the ones that gently tweak the classic Dior sensibility without going too far. The rest look like a bunch of refugees from Modelistan had to speed dress before escaping a burning Goodwill.

  • SouthernGirlRena

    If I were a model, and I was told I would be walking for Dior, this is not at all what I would have pictured. There are some beautiful pieces but you have to work to spot them.

  • MilaXX

    It’s interesting. I can’t say I love every piece, and I’m completely ignoring the super sheer skirts, but I’d love to see some of this on the better fashionistas. That pink & black number practically has Marion Coutard written all over it. The gowns toward the ends where he plays with shapes are a little more appealing to me.Odd shape aside, I kinda love that stripey dress.

  • CatherineRhodes

    Unflattering, ugly collection of designs that look like middle third Project Runway.

  • mmebam

    “I spent all this time working on my beautiful coat, that I can only make a sheer lining for a skirt. Maybe Nina will say it’s editorial.” #ProjectRunway

  • kimmeister

    I’m totally repelled by the delicately pleated skirts that have this weird black panel over them that comes to a point right at the crotch. I had to go back several times just to convince myself that they weren’t granny panties worn over weird pleated culottes.

  • Donna Tabor

    Haute couture just ain’t what it used to be.

    Sad.

  • Evan

    Raf Simons is a great designer (as evidenced by his tenure at Jil Sander), but I’m not sure if he is a good fit for Christian Dior. I appreciate that he’s trying to modernize Christian Dior and that he’s influenced by pop art, but you don’t think of pop art when you think of Christian Dior. You think of impressionism because that’s what Christian Dior was influenced by. Unfortunately, this collection has a lot of frankendresses. I’m disappointed to say the least.

  • quiltrx

    A few nice ideas (and a few awful ones) with REALLY awkward execution. All the skirts seem to be tucking into the cooter area of their own will.
    The one thing I kind of like is 8th from the bottom…the jacket dress with the iridescent inserts. That looks nice coming and going.

    • http://frankbettecenter.org/ sleah_in_norcal

      yes! the wedgie look is disgusting. i wondered if some were culottes?

  • luluransom

    Ugh. Even the models look like they’re about to cry.

  • frannyprof

    yuck.

  • Coleen

    I like the first skirt and the black one-shoulder dress. And the pantsuit. And that’s it.

  • Corsetmaker

    Nah. I rarely like his work, he’s just not my cup of tea. Even after editing out the obvious catwalk show pieces there’s not much here I can bring myself to like. The orange and blue print skirt about 3rd pic or so, the orange crop jacket, the orangey red satin coat. To be contrary I kind of like that whisp of colour in the transparent skirts. Almost like sheer coloured hosiery.

  • LadyCelia

    I’m not usually a fan of “weird for weird’s sake”, but a lot of these are really quite striking. I’m especially fond of the some of the askew pleated pieces.

    But I will never understand the giant suitcase-sized handbag.

  • Lattis

    9 up from the bottom. That is one of the ugliest dresses I have ever seen. I thought at first the skirt was gusseted* (like Kate’s losing dress in PR). But THERE ARE SLITS in her dress POOPING CHIFFON!

    *Apologies if that’s the wrong word for the technique Kate used. It reminds me of dresses from Ginger and Fred’s era – but when the dress and gusset are made of a lightweight, flowy fabric, the effect is a very swingy, rippling skirt.

  • crash1212

    Do. Not. Love. Even a tiny bit. Cute shoes though.

  • paginatrix

    Poor Jennifer Lawrence.

  • MRC210

    Those cut-out shoulders look familiar. Did they hire Andie Walsh?

  • Julie

    Does anyone else think that Dress #39 is very similar to Kate’s dress that got her auf’d on PR? It has the same tissue paper panels that hers did.

  • Glam Dixie

    Clothes, clothes, clothes, whatever, I want those bags!

  • demidaemon

    There are about five total looks I like in here. I’m not going to name them because I am too lazy to scroll back up and count. That said, the rest has me crying for multiple reasons. 1) Panty shots. 2) I saw Kate from PR’s last dress in there in black. STILL HIDEOUS. 3) Sheer. DEAR GOD THE SHEER. WON”T IT EVER STOP?

    TLDR: No.

  • Lower L

    I love the horizontal striped fabrics. I don’t like the dresses they were turned into.

  • KT

    Oooh this is not good. If I didn’t know this was Dior, I would have never guessed. Most of these looks teeter the line between just okay and not great, but a few are downright tragic. I also just don’t really see what the point of view is here, other than “springtime we guess?” It’s almost jarring to look at this collection in comparison to something like that of Nicole Miller’s or Naeem Khan’s, both of which had SUCH clear perspectives, which really serviced the designs. I’m kind of sad now.

  • lonepear

    Perhaps I’m alone here, but a lot of these look like fun–the asymmetrical pleated skirts and the shredded dresses especially. This kind of thing needs to be worn by a young lady who can pull off “delicate” and “ladylike” but doesn’t want to.

  • HVM

    These look like clothes you would see on Project Runway. That’s not a compliment.

  • rkdgal

    Look #6: FINALLY, a work-appropriate skirt from a major designer! (snerk.)

  • Jacquelyn

    Apart from that cropped orange jacket which is making me salivate, everything here is really hideous and made my eyes bug out.

  • A Shiny O’Connor

    I literally gay gasped when that second to last suit did its walking away reveal.

  • PastryGoddess

    I’ve tried but I just can’t with Raf Simons anymore. his clothes are just too overworked and complicated.

    • http://frankbettecenter.org/ sleah_in_norcal

      yeah, the last two or three collections have been pretty ugly. odd for the sake of odd. frankendresses. the essence of dior is gone.

  • Synnamin

    I never would have guessed this was a Dior collection

  • sienna elm

    Some of those girls with their gold lame shiners just freak me out!

  • Trickytrisha

    Okay, am I just not sophisticated enough to appreciate the styling of this show? I find myself unable to take in the clothes because the distracting (and I might add, hideous) stuff going on around the models eyes is just mesmerizing, as in train wreck quality. And the slicked back hair? Dunno, it looks like a space ship of alien women landed on the runway.

    Love the bags, though.

  • marlie

    Why even bother with a skirt? Some of those are just the barest wisp of fabric.

  • MissAmynae

    Really? THIS is Dior?

  • http://frankbettecenter.org/ sleah_in_norcal

    it looks like some of the models have their skirt tucked up in their crotch. are these culottes, skorts, huge-legged shorts, or what?

  • http://howtofaint.tumblr.com/ How to Faint

    In the words of the great Miranda Priestly: Florals? For spring? Groundbreaking.

  • allcapsERINN

    I actually kind of like the last 17 looks. **runs away**

    Oh, and I’d like the dresses-with-crime-scene-tape-words better without the words. I guess I’m too simple-minded to appreciate the highly intellectual and artistic concept there. :-

  • DarcSwan

    My eyes are offended.

  • anotherkate

    I love the saturated floral prints, but I didn’t always love the way they were used. Similarly, I love the idea of those twisted-pleat skirts, but I don’t think I need a bare chunk of my hip to go with them. Still and all, I can appreciate this for being both weird and pretty. I think a lot of these dresses will look incredible in editorials, if not on the red carpet.

  • http://www.bethposts.blogspot.com/ Buffy

    The diagonal pleating is interesting, as are some of the bubble skirts. But the words and girl scout patches are WTH. None of it is Dior.

  • http://kittysdrawings.com Esz

    Hate it.

    Come ON Dior!

  • gracedarling

    My god can this man make pants. They’re divine! I’m also irrationally loving the slogan dresses – a nod to Baudrillard?

  • conniemd

    Ha, Ha. You’re right. Of course the fabric that the sheer explodes out of in this case is interesting and the black matches. But details, details.