On July 3, 2012 Belgian designer Raf Simons unveiled his debut haute couture collection for the house of Dior in Paris.
Leading international fashion editors like Anna Wintour (Vogue US), Franca Sozzani (Vogue Italia) were sitting in the front row, as well as a whole host of big name designers – Donatella Versace, Riccardo Tisci, Alber Elbaz, Marc Jacobs, Diane von Furstenberg, to name but a few – while the presence of actresses like Marion Cotillard, Sharon Stone and Jennifer Lawrence brought some A-list sparkle to the Paris show.
The dresses reflected Dior’s iconic new look. The 44-year-old Simons said he looked to the house’s 1950s roots, when the couturier was at its helm, taking the “architecture” of his classic silhouettes and reworking them for a modern woman.
“It takes me back to my 20s”, said Pierre Cardin, who turned 90 on Monday and was Dior’s very first employee when the couture house opened in 1947. “Raf Simons is a true disciple of Dior”, Cardin told AFP. “He is respectful of the house. But with time he also has to be himself if he wants to be a great couturier. It has to be recognisably his work.”
Christian Dior’s own obsession – flowers – was translated into salons lined ceiling to floor with panels of blooms: delphiniums in the blue room, orchids in the white room, mimosa in the yellow room, and so on.
Video: Fashion Show Dior Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2012/13
DIOR HAUTE COUTURE 2012/13