PARIS — The meander is pattern from nature commonly observed in bodies of flowing water. The pattern is manifest in other forms, but fluidity and the suspension of fixity is at the heart of them all. Those attendees seated at the Dior Fall / Winter 2015 runway show Friday afternoon in the expansive clean-room-like space specially erected smack in the center of the Louvre’s Coure Carré were observers of a double fluidity, first in Raf Simons’s collection, but also in the manner in which the models wound about the runway laid out to resemble a flower with meandering edges. The collection featured patterns and shapes borrowed and abstracted from nature and the animal kingdom in particular, which in turn injected a real potency in each look. Bounding forth for Dior on the afternoon were Grace Hartzel, Yuan Bo Chao, Liza Ostanina, and Hedvig Palm. Meandering is not generally a quality used in admiring terms, but the overwhelming force brought about to do so is worthy admiration — this force of nature, harnessed, tamed by Raf Simons most certainly is too.

Credits include: Client, Christian Dior; Collection, Women’s Ready-To-Wear Fall / Winter 2015; Clothing design and styling, Raf Simons; Hair, Guido Palau; Makeup, Peter Philips for Dior; Show direction, Alexandre de Betak; Show production, Bureau Betak; Music, Michel Gaubert; Casting, Maïda.