Did you miss this morning’s livestream of Raf Simons‘s first couture show for Dior? Well, don’t sweat it because we’ve got you covered. From the front row crew to the runway looks to the reviews, here is everything you need to know!
Guests included Anna Wintour, Anna Dello Russo, Carine Roitfeld, Alber Elbaz, Marc Jacobs, Marion Cotillard, Natalia Vodianova, Princess Charlene, Sharon Stone, and Jennifer Lawrence. A private residence on the Avenue d’Iena in Paris was transformed into a luxurious garden with five rooms covered wall-to-wall in brightly colored flowers. The florals were so lovely that they were the subject of Dello Russo’s only Tweet from the show.
Simons opened the show with a black tuxedo jacket paired with slim pants. Next came tailored ensembles, exaggerated peplum styles, Kate Middleton-approved coat dresses, and voluminous embellished gowns. The color palette included neutral hues like black, gray, and navy, as well as bold red, soft pink, fuchsia, and bright yellow. There was even a bit of tie-dye!
V magazine didn’t wait until the show was over to praise Simons’s work, tweeting: “It’s a new dawn at the house of #Dior. We love you Raf Simons!” And what did everyone else think?
“At a time when much of high fashion is highly influenced by image, whether iconic photographs from 1950s couture or new manipulated digital images, Mr. Simons’s debut essentially asks people to trust their own eye. His clothes are often so simple that you have to look at them for a while before you see the small gesture or the magisterial way of sleeveless black crepe falls over the body. He gets the most and the best out of couture, and this is just the start.”
British Vogue‘s Lucinda Chambers said the designer beautifully interpreted and respected Dior’s work:
“It was what you hoped for and more — it was such a beautiful homage to Dior, a mix of the modern, clean and unexpected with a real lightness of touch. It was more elegant than elegant and he trod a brilliant line of being him and being respectful of Dior, I loved it.”
Over at the Guardian, Jess Cartner-Morley praised Simons and zinged John Galliano:
“There is a subtext to this New New Look that goes beyond respect for the house’s esteemed founder. In one fell swoop, John Galliano has been all but removed from the Dior history books. By making a visual connection between his era and that of Christian Dior himself, Raf Simons has redrawn the line of succession. The unimpeachable codes of Dior are illustrated for a new generation; the bias-cut dresses and Kabuki styling of Galliano downgraded to a footnote.”
Check out some of Simons’s creations (plus more over here) and the front row notables below:
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