Raf Simons presented his second ready-to-wear collection as Christian Dior’s creative director at Paris Fashion Week and we only got to see his two haute couture collections, which were quite interesting. While I’m still not quite sure how to feel about the Spring 2013 ready-to-wear the Fall 2013 collection, I definitely like.
Consisting of cocktail dresses, tailored suits and elegant feminine coats the collection is all about feminine silhouettes decorated with illustrations and drapes. Collaborating with The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts Dior has created the various illustrations that appear on dresses, handbags and even footwear.
The strapless cocktail numbers decorated with women’s faces and heel illustrations look unsual and interesting while the full skirt ensembles and frocks add brand’s signature style to the collection. Coats are the key style staples for Fall and Simons made them elegant and feminine with A-line skirts and amazing two-toned collar details.
The collection also includes monochrome knitted dresses, tops and skirts with amazing ruffled details around waists that replace the conventional peplum. Combined with the items in a houndstooth print the ensembles become even more complex, also featuring vest-like tops, cut out blazers, and crochet items worn over dresses.
Of course, there are also pieces with menswear tailoring, which include pleat trousers and suits but they are too made feminine thanks to a peplum-like hemline in a blazer or pairing trousers with fancy feminine tops.
The statement footwear provided additional head-turning detail to the outfits. Pointed ankle strap shoes in various colors and finishes featured an angled heel which definitely attracts attention. The high boots in same style also featured illustrations, which isn’t to my taste unlike the sleek open heel shoes.
The collection is beautiful and most designs are wearable. Accessorized with oversize cat eye sunglasses and creative clutches and handbags illustrated with a golden heel the clothes can find both conservative and fashion-forward fans.