The cheering after Raf Simon's first ready to wear show for Dior was kind of amazing, as was the white block building erected at the Invalides for the occasion. And so was the collection. Simons continued where he started for couture with sculpted suiting to open the show, each girl with major glitter eyes and large silk neck bows. Then there were all the lovely bodices, some with iridescent shimmer, others neon flou streaming out behind, all with little black shorts. This is for summer, of course, which also meant shiny short dresses, pink and black stripes and that veil of netting showing up with a pair of sunglasses. Beyond the more minimal, couture's beaded anemones turned into passementerie-like rainbow UFOs and the finale looks, tight jumpers and ball skirts, featured shiny printed roses.
Live Panel Discussion
19 September 2012
Lou Stoppard, Camilla Morton, Caroline Evans and Judy Blame discuss the Christian Dior S/S 13 womenswear show.