Raf Simons was always going to bring a new sensibility to couture, but just how new was made dazzlingly clear with his show for Christian Dior. Haute couture is so closely identified with Paris that Simons’ focus on what Dior meant as part of a global fashion culture was a bold departure. That’s exactly how the clothes appeared: a different kind of dynamic in couture. Europe shared catwalk space with the Americas, Asia, and Africa: A revamped Bar jacket was followed by a sporty navy blouson; a strapless dress in tiers of spacey shibori (the Japanese process that produces that peculiar spiky fabric) preceded another strapless number vibrantly banded in shiny tribal colors. Dior himself was something of an internationalist (each collection, Simons reproduces two dresses by the old master as an homage.
This is a beautiful collection with a lot of bold, bright, amazing colors. Not being a fashion gal, I really love these pieces. Raf Simons did an excellent job!