Dior Couture: FW2012
The fashion fantasy does not come any larger and fantastic than Haute-Couture as Raf Simons proves while launching his new “ Christian Dior Look” in a grand venue with a series of intimate rooms. The fantasy of couture strongly breathed inside the venue that felt more like paradise, with densely blossoming garden walls — white orchids in one room, deep purple delphiniums and multi-blooms in another. It was pure heaven.
Probably the most anticipated and most buzzed-about show of the season, and one of the most highly anticipated designer debuts in fashion history, took an interesting and innovative take on haute-couture. After the first look walked the runway, it became very clear that fashion was taking a new turn, as Christian Dior and Haute-couture were going in a new direction; a simpler, more architectonical and modern way yet equally luxurious and dreamy as always. A new and more versatile direction that could easily take as many courses as the customers want, a needed change for the non-celebrities-couture-customers interested in less show-off moments than statement evening-wear. Either way, Simons covered every possible angle, with such a strong confidence that it was just perfect.
Dior’s new modernity made everybody happy, including the highly-demanding Bernard Arnault who after the show said... “I didn’t want to rush. It was really a question of choosing the best person for the job, and he stood head and shoulders above the rest: the greatest talent of the moment for Dior, the greatest house in the world”. But off-course Mr. Arnault was not the only high-profile front-rower of such a massive fashion event. A-listers like Jennifer Lawrence and house ambassadors Marion Cotillard and Sharon Stone kept the paparazzi very busy while - shockingly - the supportive competition were more than thrilled to assist to such a magnificent event, people like Azzedine Alaïa, Marc Jacobs, Donatella Versace, Riccardo Tisci, Olivier Theyskens, Diane von Furstenberg, Pierre Cardin, Jean-Louis Scherrer, and even Alber Elbaz, who, at his men’s show on Sunday, mentioned that he would attend. “We designers today don’t hate each other the way they used to,” he offered in explanation. Postshow, Jacobs declared Simons’ collection “absolutely magnificent,” while Tisci called it “very Raf” and “the future of fashion”... Pure love.Continued on the next page