Wednesday, 4 July 2012

Autumn Impressions by Dior

The fashion scene probably had seen nothing like this for years. Outside in the street, there was hysteria. The whole of Paris wanted to be present at this historical fashion moment of Raf Simons' debut haute couture collection for Christian Dior

Inside, blue flowers walls, pink roses and white orchids: A sea of ​​flowers welcomed the guests of the Dior Défilés, among them fashion's greats and goods like Alaïa, Elbaz, Versace and von Furstenberg.

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That it would be a success seemed given, knowing of Simons' "couture trilogy" for his previous employer, Jil Sander. But it was more than that for the avant-garde outsider from Antwerp.

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Even if the drafts included many historical quotes from Dior's New Look, in form of the typical red Dior Tweed here used in a deep-pocketed coat-dress or the black tulle dress with blue embroidery which recalled a creation from 1952, the Dior "Esther" dress, Simons managed to give the creations a personal touch.

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He succeeded an exciting blend of old and new by mixing historical Dior motives with surprising futuristic interpretations. One could see sweeping crinolines in subtle stripes, long slim cigarette pants combined with open dresses and even the delicate pink, which was also seen in his last collection for Jil Sander.

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After an exciting debut, I am at least curious what comes next!

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