For Raf Simons Christian Dior Spring 2013 Couture collection, he definitely stole the show with many references of Dior’s past deconstructed to accommodate modern appeal. With Dior’s gardens as his focal point (whom Dior treasured so dearly), for Simons, the garden was taken literally by bringing blooms so early to season in many forms, with the integrity of couture intact.
With gowns showered with blooms either on sheer dress overlays or sheer opera gloves, tromp l’oeil flowers across a belt and beadwork that apparently made the audience gasp, Simons did what he set out to do for Dior and that much more. He had pants topped by blooming, draping + long peplum tops which reminded me of the cigarette pant ensembles of the late Fifties, early Sixties that usually had a long train attached for effect. The silhouettes for the gowns of the new Dior woman ranged from bubble dresses, flowing ball skirts with pockets (I rarely buy dresses without pockets, big hips + all) to long form fitting gowns like the black dress on the left (first row) that looked like it was made of two dresses overlapping one another + others with a hint of surprise like the bright yellow gown on the right (first row) with the slight draped skirt while having a peek-a-boo panel on the top half of the hip. And although some dresses displayed a softness to them, don’t be fooled as it’s probably all methodical structure down to the last pin stitch.
Love this black dress above where the color’s severity is lightened with salmony pink legs + shoes. As for the accessories, pointy shoes ruled especially when in metallics (look at that emerald green pair). For hair + make-up, everything was kept clean + slightly minimal with pixie cut wigs by Guido Palau and crystal red lips that look like patent leather compliments of Pat McGrath.
Even the bride looked as delicate as a flower yet comfortable enough to jump on a motorbike. Overall, Raf Simons’s Christian Dior Spring 2013 Couture collection fits right in with the future with new direction genius and vision.