I was fairly bored with the histrionics of John Galliano, but I have always had an admiration for the work of Raf Simons. An enigmatic designer that tries to keep out of the gaze (of course, like all the Belgian designers – I mean who has ever seen a picture of Margiela) his directness, and his singularity of vision at Jil Sander ( all that minimalism! ) made him one to watch. His style I think owes a lot to Helmut Lang, who I also love. His record is really rather mixed, as is some of his collaborations ( like his Adidas collab) but I think the pairing of Raf and Dior bought the two a whole new level of interest.
Well…Raf is the now the Creative Director of what might be seen as the most fashion of fashion houses in the world. Dior. The Director Frédéric Tcheng, who previously worked on Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel and Valentino: The Last Emperor, now turns his gaze on the eponymous label, and with it, a fascinating glimpse of how Raf Simons works. Put it this way. He is intense.
From the movie blurb: “ Designer Raf Simons arrived at the House of Dior in 2012 with a reputation for minimalism, and accompanied by a dedicated and personable right-hand man. They had just eight weeks to create a collection that had to not only please house loyalists, but also announce a vision for the future. This entertaining documentary follows that collection from concept through to the most florid catwalk you are ever likely to see. Key to the task are Florence and Monique who head the ateliers where the designs are realised. “
The film is Dior and I, coming to the NZ International Film Festival, and I’ll be speaking with the Director on Sunday Morning on Radio New Zealand National. This is one for the fashion buffs – and if you’re one of them, it is all rather riveting.