Raf Simons for Dior Couture.

It's the show we've all been waiting for with baited breath but we can all breathe steady again as Raf Simons premier collection for Dior did not disappoint. Whilst I was not in Paris (sigh), I was tuned into the live stream earlier this afternoon.

The couture collection was shown in a room in which the walls and ceiling were covered in flowers; the grand scene set the tone for collection and the a hint at what to expect from Simons' debut.



What followed was more exceptional than I could ever have imagined. Simons is renowned for his clean-cut, architectural shapes and minimalistic composition. Since the announcement of his taking over from John Galliano back in April, I've wondered how he would compromise his work to suit that of the Parisian fashion house and after what I saw today, I realised that he hasn't had to. He has stuck to what he knows and simply embellished it.

The collection featured many of the key trends that we saw back in February for ready-to-wear AW12.  Peplum, sharp tailoring and harsly nipped-in waists contrasted against full skirts brought Dior back to the forefront of fashion again.

The evening wear that Simons debuted featured intricate embroidery and gave something extra to the collection that you might expect from a couture collection.


This clean-cut, contemporary offering, delivered under a vast amount of pressure, has developed the label for a new generation. Simons seems to have found his ultimate calling - for now at least anyhow.

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