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Raf Simons’ penultimate couture collection for the house of Dior was a thoughtful exercise in experimentation. The Belgium fashion designer challenged the conventional boundaries of couture throughout his short tenure at the categorically French house; season after season, ever so slightly skewing the world’s understanding of fashion’s most luxurious practice. The youthful sophistication that Simons achieved was never so palpable as for his spring/summer 2015 couture collection for the house. Evading the categorical ‘Dior’ calling cards – the bar jacket, for one, was not within his design vernacular this season – Simons instead experimented with juxtaposing proportions – mini skirts worn with floor-grazing vests, for example – as well as with materiality – plastic, for one, printed with floral designs – and sublime couture techniques, such as tightly pleated flaring dresses finished with colorful strips of ribbon. This youthquake of 60s and 70s-era designs had models putting their best foot forward in thigh-high colorful latex boots, appearing as if their legs had been dipped in liquid plastic. A welcomed interpretation of a house still so tightly rooted to its founding in 1946.