I’m sorry, I could not disagree more! I found the fabrics gaudy and to the point of nauseating. On which planet does a woman wear such tacky clothing? I feel Raf has tried too much to “Be himself” and to bring minimalism to Dior (not a minimalist house) and hasn’t even managed to do what he does best. I cannot beleive I am voicing this but I think even Bill Gayten did a better job of incorporating the codes of the house and bring foward an interpretable inspiration, what do these clothes mean? Mario Testino looks absolutely disgusted and I share the feeling – This.Collection.Is.A.Disaster!
Dior; Please bring back Galliano!
Maybe he’s awestruck?
I have to say, some of these pieces were not great – first look.
Although the third look and the flowing pink shirt was beautiful.
Everything about them was perfection, especially that pink handbag! http://untrucoudeux.wordpress.com/
I was about to say the same about Mario’s expression. What a picture, lol! I didn’t like this collection either, but we shall see what he does next season. His first couture collection was nice though. Meanwhile, I wish bill gayten stayed at least for a bit longer.
I rarely feel the need to comment on something I don’t like on this website – usually its just ecstasy over the beauty of the clothes and/or the photography – but I have to agree here, Wayde completely expresses everything I hate about this truly disappointing collection. Galliano must be laughing. I was actually excited about the new possibilities of Raf at Dior and where he could take the brand, but this collection is going nowhere fast.
Say’s the blogger who isn’t creative director of dior, just a random fashion snoot. Raf Simons will do a fantastic job at dior by eliminating all the extravagant style which Galliano created and introducing a new minimal approach of genius design.
There is something very fantastical about this collection…like they sought to make dresses that young girls would see in Sleeping Beauty and want to wear for Halloween. As always, Dior’s shoes are what really get me.
Those are fabulous pictures !!! They are so detailed and you can see the fabric and work so much better than on any other runway shots. The collection really comes to life. (long skirts are my favorite !)
I hate to say it is another disappointing collection this year.
The color combination is very unpleasant.
There is no WOW factor in this collection.
Overall it’s OK but not more than that.
There is no signature in it.
It is not recognizable as Dior collection.
The house lost a lot when they got rid of Galliano.
May be their sales went up but the shows are not as exiting as they used to be.
The first one and the long skirts are breathtaking. I love that Raf changes Dior and gives it the sophisticated appearance. I am sure the next FW circus will be full of his clothes. Madrid Street Style http://madrilicious.com
This collection is only bearable because the textiles are very interesting. I find the shapes stiff and flat, giving no sense of a woman at all. If the intention of the designer were to merely draw attention to the fabric well…that was accomplished. Compare this to the Marni collection, which took impossibly bold fabrics and prints and created, shape, silhouettes, movement and FIT that were sensational.
It’s a modern take on Dior. not the most Dior collection I’ve seen but definitely not bad for Raf. People need to move on the ostentatious and ott Galliano era. We need to accept change. That’s fashion. and that’s life.
I’m a very big fan of Galliano’s work, I think he is the best in creating atmospheres, in sculpting clothes on bodies, but I have to admit that sometimes he becomes too much theatrical, not very contemporary. Simons is the opposite instead. When I saw the collection I imagined all the looks on the streets, on common women. It’s not easy balancing the heavy past of the maison with personal sight of the stylist. About this collection, I think that Simons didn’t it at his best, but I appreciated the jacket- dresses and I’m felt in love with the last four looks: very Dior but also very contemporary. Maybe this is the right direction!
Women of the world that have children and are beyond the fantasy age, which by the way I played into too, are not going to spend this kind of money to look like this… Just is no longer viable to show things that are not just beautiful, but must also, be wearable….
Most people can’t afford most of this clothes that we all salivate. Simple clothes that fit well and doesn’t make us feel like a clown on the streets is what usually sells. But anyone who loves to dress up or at least aspires to, wouldn’t be inspired in this clothes. I feel, if you’re going to do it “UP” then do it. Fashion isn’t fashion if people aren’t inspired. Then it’s just clothes. Why bother? Give me a reason to buy, during this hard times, a ridiculously expensive item.
I didn’t like this collection when I saw it on style.com, but seeing more of the details and fabric textures in these beautiful photographs, I don’t mind it any more… it seems there’s something more to it, and something new for the future that we are unable to digest and understand yet
Brilliant. Brilliant, brilliant, brilliant.
I am in love with this collection.
I see the vision, and I am moved by its radiance.
Observing the photographs from last to first was revealing.
The blue looks as if a current has been put through water, and the orange as if the dress is both alive and on fire. en feu, indeed. The dark black of the sea and the dark black of the charcoal make both accompanying tops suitable and more so, thematically appropriate complements to the skirts.
As I move upward from the bottom, I see vibrant interpretation of rays of light and gusts of sunset wind; the light and airy blue skirt are a perfect compliment to a more subdued yet perfectly tailored suit jacket, crackling electricity, a summer’s day with wildflowers, the light frothing of a wave represented in the light blue and whimsical cut of the dress, and all of it culminating in the first dress, a mixture of the elements, fire, earth, energy. Poetry in motion, quite literally.
You may say that my interpretation is too lenient or giving or pretentious, but what is there on Earth to be “pretentious” about if not fashion? To look into something and glean as much out of it as possible is one way to have really seen it for what it is. And much thanks to Dior for creating something that is not completely understood at first glance.
And perhaps the fabrics do not look the most typical or wearable: Brava! This is the job of a real visionary (to dip into literary speak, “Make it new!” says Ezra Pound. I find it applies here). Perhaps these may be the neglected materials that no one cares to create with. They are atypical and awkward. Congrats to Raf for pushing himself–for making a statement where others look and only see something awkward or ugly or “hideous” and “utterly unwearable.”
Two seasons from now, girls will be standing outside of shows with heels and bare legs and these pieces, moving and reflecting in the light like faeries, and it will be captured by Monseiur Sart, and we will all look at them and say, “My God, what a revelation!” forgetting that we once disparaged them almost without thinking.