Posted on November 23, 2012

Despite fashion journalists giving a plethora of rave reviews, I know many people had issues with this collection and were severely disappointed. I however absolutely adored it, and even more so after reading interviews about how the new man at Dior, Raf Simons looked into the brand’s past and gave it a fresher, cleaner and airier approach, but without losing their heritage.

Check out the images from the Christian Dior Spring/Summer 2013 Womenswear show at Paris Fashion Week, with some of my key notes on colours and influences below.

Combining his signature minimalism with their heritage and the element of freedom, (at least in the psychological sense), Raf Simons trimmed, shaped and structured the Christian Dior aesthetic to bind it with his own for their Spring/Summer 2013 collection. The colour palette began with morbid blacks and charcoals and blossomed into almost Jil Sander-like hues (I refer to his final showing there), of red, fuchsia, neon yellow, orange, blush pink and primary yellow, both in solids and iridescent counterparts, while the primary focus was on the solemn, chic and sculpted tuxedo jackets over slim trousers and neck scarfs that eventually elongated into elegant “suit dresses” with loose pleated panels, mini pleated puff dresses and skirts worn with shorts, the organza material of which, glimmered like 3D holograms amongst the folds and drapes, while adding a further futuristic feel to the collection, alongside the glittered metallic eyelids of the models. Tule sheathed dresses,  brightly coloured peplums with sweeping asymmetric trains, swathing tunics and tops with “side trains”, perforation details, metallic shoes and ball gown style skirts emblazoned with almost electrifying florals that were all about volume only further emphasised the liberation of the Dior woman, that only Raf, with his technical prowess and understanding, could recreate in the most uplifting and modern fashion.

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