Couture E-Board Pick: Christian Dior

By Brooke Kamenoff

On July 2nd, one of the most anticipated couture shows took place in Paris: the Christian Dior Fall/Winter 2012 show. With designer Raf Simons (previously of Jil Sander) showing his first collection for Dior, this was sure to be a historical moment. Many tweets prior to the show looked forward to his new reign and Dior’s departure from the John Galliano aesthetic (the house’s previous designer).

The numerous celebrities, editors, and even other designers helped set the tone, as did the walls which were covered head to toe in flowers. Starting off with tailored black looks, the collection continued on with some interesting peplum silhouettes and a few bursts of color. While much of the collection seemed a little stiff, many of the gowns towards the end of the show were spot on with intricate hand beading and a more relaxed feel – there was even a little bit of tie dye.

Overall, the collection stayed very minimalistic (true to Raf’s artistic perspective) yet sophisticated and modern. While several industry insiders have lauded the new look that Raf has brought to Dior couture, many could not help but notice that this collection appeared extremely similar to his last few couture shows for Jil Sander.

See the whole collection here.

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