Oh My Dior

Tuesday, July 3, 2012


It was a show the fashion world had been anticipating for months, after a tumultuous year of change at the house of Dior, but Raf Simons stepped up and delivered a divine collection, that will likely be the toast of this week's couture shows in Paris.  The former Jil Sanders designer, known for his minimalist approach, breathed a beautiful sense of modernism into the iconic label with his debut range, whilst creating a collection that celebrates and redefines it's history.


Much has been written already (even though the show was barely 12 hours ago) about Simons' version of Christian Dior's infamous New Look shape which included the Bar jacket with it's nipped in waist and padded hips and the accompanying full skirt.  The silhouettes of which featured strongly in the new collection with Simons' own inspired touches, such as the metallic belts used beautifully to create tiny waists. 

It must be noted as well, that as part of his homage to Dior's past, one million flowers were used to decorate the walls (floor to ceiling) of the 5 private salon rooms used for the showing.  Aside from the striking visual effect of those flowers, one can only imagine how heavenly the scent in those rooms would be too.  







One of the things I love most about this collection is the unfaltering femininity of the garments, even though they are very much for the modern woman.  The modest skirt lengths and cinched in waists create such elegant shapes, celebrating the female form whilst being totally wearable (which is not something we have come to expect from the flamboyant Dior couture of the recent past).

The contrasting two-sided dresses (below), graphic prints (above) and sheer tops (not pictured) add further modern aspects to this collection which lift it a bit further away from being too historical.  There is no denying however that referencing the celebrated past of this iconic fashion house was a genius touch by Simons, his execution of it was more perfect than anyone could have predicted and made for an assured and triumphant debut. 

What I wouldn't give to have any of these stunning creations in my wardrobe.  I can't wait to see what the rest of haute couture week brings and for that matter what Raf Simons does next.





Images from: Style.com

Just So Pretty x

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