Dior has a way with seamlessly merging the past with the present, and Raf Simons's Spring 2014 runway show in Paris was no exception. Before the event even started, guests walked through the Louvre courtyard, a 16th-century construct, and into a postmodern mirrored box where the traditional catwalk was replaced by a stark black-and-white circular space. And the clothes gave way to the same juxtapositions.
The collection was a modern-day/18th-century mashup: there was chic suiting and pops of saturated colors but also intricate beadwork, Victorian boots, modest necklines, and pannier-style silhouettes. And perhaps the most blatant reference was the handful of looks featuring the not-often-seen tailcoat, reinvented in bright yellows and pinks and worn over shorts. While we don't know if we're ready to go that far back into the fashion history books, we imagine the house's fans — including front-row attendees Marion Cotillard, Dakota Fanning, and former French First Lady Carla Bruni — are excited that Dior took us there and back again.