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Belgian Creative director Raf Simons lined the Musée Rodin in 150,000 white orchids to match the icy pastel confections of his Christian Dior AW 2014 Haute Couture collection. This heavenly scene was the perfect backdrop for his breathtaking show.

Simons explored several themes for his couture presentation. There were Marie Antoinette-style brocade gowns, 18th-century frock coats, 1920s shifts and belted jumpsuits. This fashion potpourri might sound overwhelming, but Simons successfully unified his show using his fantastic cuts, keen color sense and modern accessories. While the attention to detail was impressive, the artistry was elegantly restrained – for instance, the finale dresses lined with ball-point thin red, blue or black embroideries. Just enough to catch the eye.

The exquisite color palette looked as though it had been lifted from a trip to Ladurée. Hues ranged from ballet pink to sage-green and powder blue. To keep the collection from becoming too sugary sweet there was a series of black pant suits. My favorite? A richly embroidered coat with an eye-catching floral design and delicate pink trim. Another stunner was a pale peach dress with Edwardian-stye pleating and silk chiffon covered buttons at the wrist. This cocktail frock was accented with tiny flowers on the hip and bright orange heels on the feet. In covetable combinations like these, Raf Simons brilliantly merges Dior’s past with the house’s bright future.

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