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).
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.
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.
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.
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.’
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.
Mr. Simons…we can’t wait for more!!!
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