PARIS - Raf Simons had a lot of pressure on his head. Everyone who was
anyone was in the audience including designers like Alber Elbaz and
stars like Marion Cotillard and Sharon Stone.
With the sudden
firing of designer John Galliano and all the drama surrounding the
person to be named the one to replace him at Christian Dior, we were all
wondering if Raf Simons would live up to the expectations. The former
Jil Sander designer left the company to start magic at Dior and the
Fall/Winter 2012-2013 couture collection would be the first time the
world would be able to see if Simons could do it. Did he live up to the
hype? The fashion media would say YES, but not in the way you would
expect. The collection itself was not theatrical in the way John
Galliano made famous. But it was an homage to the early Christian Dior
as an architect, the one that made the New Look famous.
let the bright red lips do the talking and focused on the streamlined
and elegant look, that went from clean pant suits to sculpted skirts and
peplum, but remaining minimalist while making a statement at the same
time. And yet he still began a new humanized era in couture. We can't
wait to see what's next.