Raf Simons new Dior collection wins praise from fellow designers

For a designer making his debut on the catwalk, there can be no sweeter music than accolades from his peers. Raf Simons has received a rousing hand of applause from such as Diane von Furstenberg, Marc Jacobs and Donatella Versace, amongst quite a few others, who attended the gala event at a private art foundation in Paris early this month.

Simons’ new collection for the house of Christian Dior was hailed as a fine balance between the “. . . classic visual DNA. . .” of Dior and Simons’ modern creativity. Simons himself remarked that he was trying to create a more accessible haute couture, something for women to wear on many different occasions rather than just on the runway.

Simons’ show-opener was somewhat of a divergence from ‘traditional’ Dior, a flared tuxedo jacket over a black pant suit; Dior’s models haven’t worn pants for over ten years. From there the designer went to the collection’s key look, ball gowns so short they’re practically tops, covered in exquisitely embroidered fabric buds and crystal petals.

Words like “formidable”, “superb” and “poetic” fell like hothouse flowers all over Raf’s collection and kudos for John Galliano’s successor came not just from fellow designers but from fashion-setters like Lucinda Chambers of Vogue UK, who declared the collection “. . . more elegant than elegant” and a “brilliant” mix of the modern with respect for Dior’s tradition.


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