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The fashion world at large has been anxiously awaiting Raf Simons‘s first Ready-to-Wear collection for Dior. Besides Hedi Slimane‘s debut collection for Yves Saint Laurent (or rather, Saint Laurent Paris), this was the most anticipated show of the week. Simons’s first couture offerings for the label were greeted with glowing reviews this summer, and everyone was dying to see his vision for Ready-to-Wear.
The show started with a slew of suiting separates– pencil sharp ankle-skimming trousers and suit jackets nipped at the waist, all in the season’s color of choice– black. But things soon took a flirty, feminine turn with draped, bubble-hem tunics, dresses, and skirts made from bright, iridescent candy-wrapper material.
Bright, asymmetric tunics and dresses boasted billowing swaths of fabric. Another series of tailored suit jackets with swingy skirts brought the collection full circle.
The show ended with a few obligatory Dior “New Look” silhouette dresses, with sleek black tops and full blooming skirts, appropriately printed with rosebuds.
Overall, this was a strong showing for Simons. The designer took a step away from his minimalist tendencies and served up something a little more cheeky. Still, there was an air of ladylike restraint, and I was hoping these offerings would have a little more of that unbridled joy we used to see when Galliano was at the helm of Dior. However, there will certainly be no shortage of starlets clamoring to rock these pieces. I can see Kerry Washington in that black-and-navy tulle gown accepting an award for her work on Scandal.
What do you think?