Christian Dior Spring 2013 RTW
After his stunning premier at the July Couture shows, Raf Simons backed up his vision for a new, more modern Dior, drawing inspiration once again from the early days of the House and then adding his personal touch to create yet another outstanding collection. Opening with a selection of black tailoring, a mirror of his Couture collection, providing modern variations of the iconic Bar silhouette. Short, iridescent dresses worn over perfectly cut wool shorts were shown next, and bookended by more tailoring, this time in grey with exquisite detailing; asymmetrical pleating on coat dresses and metallic paneling clearly showed Simon’s gift for restraint. A-line dresses, cage silhouettes, stripes, and plenty of colour, including what must soon become know as Raf Simons pink, paraded down the runway one after another. Closing the show were beautifully simple ball gowns consisting of fitted black cashmere tops and voluminous floral print skirts covered by an iridescent fabric bringing the dresses to life. Simons has managed what was seemingly impossible, stamping his personality on Dior while maintaining the core values of the storied fashion House. The pairing could not be any more perfect.