The new creative director of the French label presented his couture Fall/Winter 12 offering in Paris yesterday and has been given the seal of approval by his contemporaries.
As shamed industry icon John Galliano’s successor, the Belgian fashion creative had stated he wanted to link “to the codes of Dior”, but with “more energy”.
The high fashion collection combined Simons’ signature minimalist style with the pretty femininity of Dior.
“Before the show, I found it difficult to imagine what Raf would do at Dior, but from the very first look today it made total sense,” Donatella Versace was quoted as saying by Vogue.co.uk, while Alber Elbaz told British newspaper The Guardian, “It was absolutely poetic. It was perfection. Today was a beautiful marriage between a designer and a house.”
“Raf Simons did a SUPERB Dior show! Very DIOR! Another talented Belgian!” Diane von Furstenberg tweeted last night.
There had been intense speculation about how Raf’s minimalist aesthetic would fit in with the iconic fashion house, which is renowned for being flamboyant.
But his blend of simple tuxedos and peplum gowns went down a storm with critics and label bosses alike.
“I didn’t want to rush,” LVMH chairman Bernard Arnault told WWD of his year-long search to find a replacement for Galliano. “It was really a question of choosing the best person for the job, and he stood head and shoulders above the rest: the greatest talent of the moment for Dior, the greatest house in the world.”