Raf Simons for Christian Dior Fall 2012 Couture
The buzz leading up to the Christian Dior haute couture show was palpable. Raf Simons was to display his first ever couture collection and his first collection for Dior womenswear. He weaved the past and present effortlessly and threw in chunks of himself into the collection making it a unique and interesting collection to say the least. For those of you tuning into see grand dresses and over the top extravagance you should probably check your excitement at the door. Simons focused on traditional silhouettes, played safe with colors, and rationed beading and bejewelling as if it were a crime to embellish.
There is a common murmur among fashion enthusiasts who love the Dior brand, their opinion of this collection is not all bad but it does refer to the collection as more of a Ready-to-wear line than a couture collection. That being said there was so much hype about this collection that is doesn’t matter what he would have shown, longtime fans of John Galliano and the fashion house were destined to be disappointed even if he delivered exactly what they had imagined it would be. Raf’s aesthetic is minimalistic and his use of fabric and silhouette a complex mystery to many. When he designs a collection there is a part of many people that just loves his work but have no idea why. His styling has always been a bit of a mystery to some while others just eat it up hook line and sinker.
Whether Simons survives the next few years will be up to two things:
The sale of this collection and his next few shows
And what his women’s haute couture Fall 2013 line will bring.
The position that the new head designer is in offers a new launching point for the brand as well as an opportunity of a lifetime for Simons to grow and flourish along with the timeless house. Whether he will weather is something to be seen but all told this collection didn’t miss the mark, but it was quite a bit less than what was expected.