It's been over a month since Raf Simons' debut at Christian Dior - a couture debut, no less. The reason for my delayed review is that I wanted to write this in a calm, rational state of mind, unlike the state of mind I was in when I first saw this collection. When I get worked up, my comments can be biased or scathing, and I don't want to look back on my past blog posts and see something I wish I could have refined. However, that's not to say this will be sugar-coated. My opinion on the collection is exactly the same as it was last month, but I will try to present my reasoning in a logical, albeit blunt, fashion.
First of all, with Simons' beautiful good-bye at Jil Sander, I had expected a similarly successful "hello" at Dior. That was not to be, as Simons created a collection more RTW than anything resembling couture, and a collection so reminiscent of Jil Sander that the spirit of Dior was completely muffled. On top of that, it was a monotonous collection, lacking the exuberance of past Dior collections. I understand that we mustn't confuse Dior with John Galliano, but even Dior himself never allowed the simplest of garments to be boring. Just as Bill Gaytten was beginning to improve, another internal change brings Dior back into turmoil. In an attempt to strip back superfluous detailing to reveal Dior at its purest form, Simons ended up striping Dior of its life.
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