Raf Simons First Dior Collection: Christian Dior Spring Summer 2013

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It’s a spooky serious collection. Raf Simons’ first catwalk as the new Dior creative, Christian Dior Spring Summer 2013 was really sober and suited – up. Do they even know it’s for summer? I don’t think that pops of pink and occasional yellow or cobalt blue will do to save the season’s spirit!

Some decided – like Gareth Pugh – to go with soft layers. Others – like Raf here – wanted to keep it all work and less play. I think. What do you make of his collection? (oh, and those not – smiling policy on catwalk? Could they change that instead of that size zero thing? Really, if they’d smile, I wouldn’t have to imagine they’re starving and that’s why they’re gloomy and frowning all the time!) (you can see more pictures here)

Raf Simons first Dior collection

Christian Dior spring 2013 collection by Raf Simons


#1 ana on 09.28.12 at 11:16 am

Are you serious ?
It was one of the most beautiful collections I saw in the last 5 years,at least.
Smiling on the catwalk is NOT EDGY dahling , don´t forget that.
Can you imagine a Heidy Klum´s like or Adriana Lima doing this show ?
Smiles are cheeky.
I loved every single piece. and the shoes ? I died.
I watched the live stream and the show was beyond perfection( well,one girl almost fell and really hurt herself, you could see the pain and the horror in her face)
Try to watch the video later at Dior´s site if you can. The clothes really looked fantastic when moving.

#2 Riana on 09.30.12 at 9:33 am

I agree ana. About the smile is another thing. Watch any show of the ’90’s and see how to smile with style ;)

But it’s about this show. I loved it from the start and also watched the stream. That’s what I always say: see clothes move!! When the ballgown came up I was almost emotional and thought: DIOR!! But Dior 2012. It was Raf Simons but so Dior-esque that it almost brought tears to my eyes. The ‘simple’ clean setting was lovely and the soundtrack was awesome.
The suits at the start of the show remind me of Yves Saint Laurent’s Le Smoking but who cares? I love these waisted tailored suits as long as I can remember. I applaud the Dior le petit mains for their craft. It’s ridiculous these days to make a wish like this: “Oh, why can’t I have some pieces? Just a suit and a ballgown?” The one with orange sleeveless skirt but then with sleeves…tailormade…le sigh…..:)

I just the read the Guardian’s comment and had a bit of a giggle:

“Dior lays marker for Yves Saint Laurent in battle of the new designers.

Paris fashion week must wait until Monday for Hedi Slimane’s.

YSL reply after Raf Simons serves ace with first major Dior show.
To take the temperature of this Paris fashion week cast your mind back to 1995, when Oasis battled Blur for the title of the Kings of Britpop.”


This Dior show also made it clear that the extravaganza is not very now anymore. Well done, very well done Raf Simons.

#3 Riana on 09.30.12 at 9:36 am

Here is livestream schedule link for what’s left of the shows this week:

Enjoy :)

#4 kpriss on 09.30.12 at 11:18 pm

oh! I just watched some reruns from the show: it’s outstanding what a difference it makes! Seeing the clothes in motion changes everything.

(although I do miss Dior’s past extravaganza under Galliano – sigh)

#5 Leonid Gurevich on 10.07.12 at 9:25 am

Raf Simons’s “work” for Dior is a spit in the face to Monsieur Dior and disgrace to Fashion and Women in general. Dior Spring/Summer 2013 collection…. I am overwhelmed with sorrow and disgust… Simons didn’t just kill Dior, he rap=d it of all its femininity and splendor and murd=r=d every ounce of creativity it ever had.
How dare this mediocrity Simons make such plain minimalist smut – at DIOR!! – and then sit there blabbing about se*uality and sensuality?
I’m utterly disgusted and appalled.

#6 Riana on 10.08.12 at 8:18 am

Leonid Gurevich I took a peek at your blog. I believe we have a very, very different view on feminity and splendor. :)

#7 Leonid Gurevich on 10.08.12 at 8:37 am

Riana dear,

DIOR and simons have a very very different view on femininity and splendor :)
He has no business being there

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