“I wanted to present women with freedom and possibilities in the way they dress, too”, said Raf Simons about his fall/winter 2014 collection. After he has spent a few years working at Dior, he finally made a collection which truly represents his unique style and introduced some novelty concepts such as elegant sneaker heels and double dresses.
Simons was rethinking gender roles and mixed feminine and masculine elements in a very original way, trying to invent perfect clothes for a modern, urban, working woman. All the pieces from trouser suits and winter coats to cocktail and evening dresses are somewhere in between sport chic and classical elegance. He paired short-sleeved coats with long gloves, long blazers with short, asymmetric, pleated skirts, black trouser suits with bright-colored coats and sneaker heels with croco leather handbags.
The collection features some very practical accessories such as huge, ruffled scarves which can be worn in many different ways and handbags with large pockets on both sides. However, the most striking item in this collection was a double dress! We have seen a lot of layering on runways recently, but nothing this crazy and so wearable. Short dresses were underneath the long ones with big slits at the front. They were done in color blocking combinations and decorated with faux brooches that looked like they are split in half.
Continuing where he left off with his spring/summer couture show, Simons also made some transparent evening gowns which he paired with mini T-shirt dresses worn underneath and, of course, sneaker heels. It is a serious attempt to redefine evening dress code and normalize wearing comfortable outfits at glamorous events. Sneakers with heels are not exactly a new thing, but elegant strap shoes with chunky rubber heels teamed with red carpet gowns actually are, and the same thing goes for Chanel bejewelled trainers. Will this trend continue and are we going to start seeing celebrities rocking this look soon?