Sunday, July 8, 2012

Christian Dior Haute Couture Fall 2012 by Raf Simons

Raf Simons for Christian Dior Haute Couture.
A Belgian in a french house, Raf Simons showed his first couture collection under the Christian Dior Haute Couture label for their Fall 2012 offerings. With Karlie Kloss no where in sight - nor the grand, theatric bow that I'd come accustomed to for the close - Raf made a clear statement that though there indeed was a visionary residing in the house, Galliano he was not.
It could be described as a meeting of ready to wear and couture. There wasn't the dramatic land of fantasy that once ensconced the Dior by Galliano collections - though the venue itself seemed to allude to it - but instead, it seemed that each look itself held within it that fantasy.  Ball gowns were tempered with strict trousers and high hems, exquisite beading was muffled by drab colors and of all things, moderation.
The result: yet another proponent of contemporary couture. Negative? Not in the least, just fact.  It's a matter of preference to be most honest and though my heart resides in Galliano's full skirts, nipped waists and breathtakingly beautiful presentations, my head understands a move towards what's being hailed as "wearable couture."
Long live couture.

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