There is no other word to describe Raf Simons’ debut couture collection for the house of Dior other than genius. The pressure was on for the former creative director of Jil Sander, and he certainly did not dissapoint. The collection was thoughtful and unified, punctuated by reoccuring themes such as the peplum, full skirts, strapless tops, and pointy stillettos. Simons favored black and navy ensembles, opting for a black tuxedo whose jacket was shaped after Dior’s iconic Bar jacket – one of the most distinctive silhouettes in fashion – for his first look. This number set the stage for the following architectural, structure-focused looks. Yet he did not shy away from color completely, experimenting with vibrant reds, pastel pinks, and simple patterns for a few dresses, as well as electric yellow long for one sleeve gown.
Engulfing the throng of socialite, celebrities and high profile designers (Marc Jacobs, Pierre Cardin, Alber Elbaz, and Donatella Versace were just a few of those on hand to support Simons’ debut) were endless walls of flowers, which lined a grand Parisian mansion ceiling to floor in a nod to one of Christian Dior’s obsessions. Five rooms in total were utilized for the show’s large crowd, each designated its own specific color based on the flowers on the wall, including blue delphiniums, white orchids, red and orange roses, and pink roses and peonies.
If this is what Simons can create in just two months at the helm of Dior’s iconic fashion house, it is fair to say that this talented designer has a long, successful road ahead of him.