2014 was a year dominated by utilitarian fashion. Commonly referred to as everybody's most hated term, Normcore, last year's clothing was a reaction against trend or the ability to place said clothes in any kind of context, really.
This reaction against trend in 2014 was part of a bigger movement, too: one against high street, and big business, and over-consumption, in favour of more simplistic living. Early adopters and upwardly mobile people everywhere turned to Birkenstocks, to kale smoothies, to organic skincare. In short, the free love philosophy of the '60s and '70s is back. Fiona Duncan, who writes for the likes of the New York Times' The Cut, recently submitted an article (which you can read in our next print issue, due out February 16th), in which she argues we are still in the Age of Aquarius, and are returning to the roots of the New Age movement in order to see the promises of said age – utopia, ultimate self-awareness et al, just casually – through.
If couture is for anything, it's for imagining. But it's for imagining and chanelling one's imagination outside of the confines of seasonal trends, which perhaps allows designers to channel big ideas – movements even – better than when they must also think about what will and will not sell.
For Dior's spring 2015 couture collection, Raf Simons has taken the obvious fashion touch points from the New Age era, as well as the mysticism of that time, and married them to Dior's New Look traditions, in order to create a kind of David Bowie–Lady in Waiting hybrid. Some looks are fitting for a psych rock show while some will be snapped up by celebrities for the red carpet – Felicity Jones from The Theory of Everything is definitely going to be wearing one of those gowns to the Academy Awards – I'm calling it:
Felicity Jones at The Theory of Everything premiere.
When you consider that both Simons' legacy so far at Dior and the New Age movement both inherently rebel against conservatism in favour of progression, or oldness in favour of newness, it's a pretty perfect combination.
All images via Style.com
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