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Raf Simons for Christian Dior: The Way It’s Done

As we mentioned in our Haute couture overview Part 1, the greatest anticipation of this Haute couture cycle was, undeniably, the first collection of Raf Simons at Christian Dior (coincidentally his first Haute couture foray). Many are already trying to unjustly pit Raf Simons against Hedi Slimane (who will show his first womenswear collection at Yves Saint Laurent this fall).

Raf Simons Haute couture collection Christian Dior Fall 2012-Winter 2013

Behind the scenes at the Christian Dior embroidery atelier. Photo by Sophie Carrée

In actuality, both men are much more aligned in their vision than they are competitors. They both favor a sleeker silhouette and the same post-modern sensibility that will surely influence the world of fashion from the luxe podiums of the global fashion weeks to the simpler and more accessible outlets of H&M, The Gap, or even Target.

Raf Simons Haute couture collection Christian Dior Fall 2012-Winter 2013

Raf Simons

Hedi Slimane

This Haute couture line-up was a triumphal introduction for a man that many overlooked for years. Raf Simons has, with this collection, provided an exercise in intellectual property and a bridge from the past to the future.

Raf Simons Haute couture collection Christian Dior Fall 2012-Winter 2013

A Christian Dior haute couture look. Photo by Sophie Carrée.

Raf Simons Haute couture collection Christian Dior Fall 2012-Winter 2013

1947 collection - "Corolle", dubbed “The New Look”

Raf Simons Haute couture collection Christian Dior Fall 2012-Winter 2013

Christian Dior - Haute Couture Fall 2012/Winter 2013

Raf Simons Haute couture collection Christian Dior Fall 2012-Winter 2013

1949 collections - "Zig-Zag" and "Envol"

Raf Simons Haute couture collection Christian Dior Fall 2012-Winter 2013

Christian Dior - Haute Couture Fall 2012/Winter 2013

Raf Simons Haute couture collection Christian Dior Fall 2012-Winter 2013

1948 collections - "Milieu du Siècle" and "Trompe-l’Oeil"

Simons brought out 50-0r-so looks that honored the heritage (DNA) of monsieur Christian Dior’s œuvre (1947-1957) and cleverly bridged his own past work at Jil Sander. Though the collection was primarily daywear, to say that it was impressive, and the work wisely developed, is an understatement.

Raf Simons Haute couture collection Christian Dior Fall 2012-Winter 2013

A Christian Dior haute couture look. Photo by Sophie Carrée.

Raf Simons Haute couture collection Christian Dior Fall 2012-Winter 2013

1950 collections - "Verticale" and "Oblique"

Raf Simons Haute couture collection Christian Dior Fall 2012-Winter 2013

Christian Dior - Haute Couture Fall 2012/Winter 2013

Raf Simons Haute couture collection Christian Dior Fall 2012-Winter 2013

1951 collections - "Naturelle" and "Longue"

Raf Simons Haute couture collection Christian Dior Fall 2012-Winter 2013

Christian Dior - Haute Couture Fall 2012/Winter 2013

Raf Simons Haute couture collection Christian Dior Fall 2012-Winter 2013

1952 collections - "Sinueuse" and "Profilée"

We are in awe of Raf Simons’ approach and we respect his adherence to the original ideas of modernity expressed in Christian Dior’s own work, though this modern sensibility has often taken second-place in the annals of fashion to his unparalleled ‘cult of the feminine.’

Raf Simons Haute couture collection Christian Dior Fall 2012-Winter 2013

1953 collections - "Tulipe" and "Vivante"

Raf Simons Haute couture collection Christian Dior Fall 2012-Winter 2013

Christian Dior - Haute Couture Fall 2012/Winter 2013

Raf Simons Haute couture collection Christian Dior Fall 2012-Winter 2013

1954 collections - "Muguet" and "H"

Christian Dior - Haute Couture Fall 2012/Winter 2013

1955 collections - "A" and "Y"

Christian Dior - Haute Couture Fall 2012/Winter 2013

This collection, like the upcoming Spring 2013 collection to be presented by Hedi Slimane in two months, shows the pendulum of fashion changing direction toward a new ideal; one that we find quite exciting.

Raf Simons Haute couture collection Christian Dior Fall 2012-Winter 2013

1956 collections - "Flèche" and "Aimant"

Christian Dior - Haute Couture Fall 2012/Winter 2013

1957 collections - "Libre" and "Fuseau"

Christian Dior - Haute Couture Fall 2012/Winter 2013

Behind the scenes at the Christian Dior embroidery atelier. Photo by Sophie Carrée.

Mr. Simons…we can’t wait for more!!!

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