Raf Simons Debuts First Collection for Dior

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Raf Simons Debuts First Collection for Dior
To say that Raf Simons debut collection for Dior was great, would be an understatement. All of fashion’s most respected designers showed up ready to see what Raf did with Dior since taking over after former creative director John Galliano’s fall from grace.

The show was held earlier today at a private house on the Avenue d’Iena in Paris and the entire room was decorated in a variety of flowers.

The collection was like a reinvention of vintage Dior with splashes of floral designs everywhere.

Strapless mini dresses with peplums were paired with skinny straight leg trousers, Pastel tea-length dresses were worn with elbow length gloves. He created a kind of new silhouette, a longer skirt that stops below the knee with a large billowy hip that parachutes out at the waist.

Everything was sleek, chic, and modern but hinting at a retro feel.

While some runway shows see Hollywood A-listers sitting on the sidelines, this show brought out every respected haute couture designer in the business. Azzedine Alaia, Marc Jacobs, Donatella Versace, Riccardo Tisci and Diane von Furstenberg came out to check out the show, probably out of curiosity more than anything.

It seems as if everyone was a fan of the collection and praised Simons as a designer.

“I haven’t been this excited to see a show in a long time,” says Emmanuelle Alt, the editor of French Vogue, “Today I’m going to see something I’ve never seen before.”

Donatella Versace said, “Raf’s so shy. Sometimes I don’t think he realizes how good he is.”

V Magazine tweeted, “It’s a new dawn at the house of #Dior. We love you Raf Simons!”

And Fashion writer Derek Blasberg wrote, “The Dior show just ended. In the last 13 minutes, Raf Simons just single-handedly altered the contemporary haute couture landscape. Bravo!”

Back when Raf signed on as new creative direction he described his vision for the fashion house, “My aim is a very modern Dior, but at the end of the day, I also look back. I find that period between 1947 and 1957 extremely attractive, and there was a lot of modernity.”
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