It may be a new era at the House of Dior but Raf Simons, newly appointed Creative Director, dipped into the iconic archives for inspiration for his first Dior Collection, Spring 2013. Probably one of the most anticipated Ready to Wear Paris Shows, Simmons borrowed from images of 1957 window displays and classic Dior gowns on mannequins in the drawing room, this was a trip back in time with a big nod to modern style. He named the collection “Freedom”. Perhaps he was thinking of freedom of movement for most of the looks were loose and swingy A-line, asymmetrical, even voluminous at the back. After a small collection of long blazer pantsuits, the show quickly moved into Simons designs and direction for Dior. Minimal (yet intricate at close look), clean lines yet fabrics and insets of workmanship peeked though, such as laser cut with neon backside fabric and metallic organza. And the fabrics were mesmerizing. Many of the super minis (that had shorts beneath) and some gowns were made of holographic organza. The iridescence made for fantastic color. Organza was used like water, washing over look after look. Sometimes it was so filmy clear that, like gossamer, it was barely visible. Indeed one gown had the look of spiderwebs covering the entire surface. There were 2 looks that resembled the iridescent wing of a butterfly using sequins and shiny fabric. And continuing the wide stripe trend for Spring 2013, there were several dresses. The shoes were stunning works of art in themselves. Raf Simons, probably under great stress (from not only parent company LVMH but Fashion Critics everywhere) managed to pull off an exquisite show for his first Dior Ready to Wear. We applaud his composure under such pressure and his collection. There are subtle works of art throughout and unless you see it move, the photos do not do it justice. In that spirit, a video of the Show will be included, but please enjoy our slide presentation.
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