Recap: For the past couple of seasons, Raf Simons has been hitting the archives and really dissecting the core of Christian Dior - clearly defining each aspect and presenting it in its purest form. No fuss, no frills, just plain Dior. This season, Simons doesn't lose touch with quintessential Dior, but begins exploring the edges of what define this historic label. There were little details that stood out and turned traditional pieces into on-trend must-haves: a button up that buttoned around the body, diagonal pleats on skirts, and racerbacks with straps of uneven thickness. The unexpectedness of detailing is most strongly displayed in a very traditional bar jacket that packs a punch from behind: flouncing floral pleating all along the back.
Verdict: Finally, a collection I like! You're all probably tired of hearing me lament about Simons at Dior, and so this is likely a refreshing verdict. No, this wasn't the perfect collection, but at least I was intrigued by the unique detailing Simons inserted into each look. Even my conscious attempts at finding an obvious flaw were thwarted. When the bar jacket came out and I thought, "Simons, I knew you just couldn't help but put one of those in there!", I was rendered speechless (and frankly, impressed) when the model turned around and I was confronted with the floral pleating. Keep it up, Simons! Really looking forward to once again feeling that sense of excitement before every Dior collection.
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