Show Review: Christian Dior Fall 2012 Couture

They say good things come to those who wait, and Dior‘s couture offerings for Fall 2012 prove the adage. In what was possibly the most anticipated show of the season, newly-appointed creative director Raf Simons showed his very first collection for the brand against a blooming backdrop of flowers.

The result? A perfect marriage of Dior’s classic silhouettes, updated with Simons’ modern sensibilites. Cinched waists ballooned out into sculpted peplums and skirts, cascading down into the prim, ladylike hemlines popular when Dior debuted his “New Look” back in the 1940s.

Clean lines and architectural silhouettes brought Simons’ modernist point of view. Otherwise classicly-tailored dresses were updated with angular, sculpted hips. Evening gowns boasted luxe tie-dye treatments. Smart ankle-skimming pants buttressed blouses with soaring peplums.

Simons sent down a smattering of cotton candy textured ball gowns, all with blooming, exaggerated skirts.

Simons added embellishement with calculated restraint, always keeping the look clean, never overwhelming a gown or strapless blouse with to many sequins or too much beading.

It’s safe to say that this is a strong first showing from Raf Simons. While we’ve all witnessed his immense talent, it’s wonderful to see him translate his aesthetic to fit into the Dior cannon. Last season’s couture offerings designed by Bill Gaytten posessed the same sense of nostalgia for the old tenants of the brand, but Simons was able to successfully appeal to the contemporary set. My favorite looks have to be the floral-embellished strapless peplum top and that equally-ornamented creampuff ball gown.

What do you think?



photos: Vogue

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