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In case you missed it, Raf Simon's inaugural RTW collection for Dior debuted in one hell of a Fashion Month digital experience sweep. And people are talking about the show. A lot. Seriously, the verbal acrobats that have gone down in attempt to uniquely describe a collection that (almost) everyone agrees is simply "amazing" is fun to watch. Observe:
WWD: "These clothes were exquisite, with that Holy Grail-fusion of currency and cool."
Cathy Horyn: "It was exciting to see how much he got out of a classic shape without overloading it. [...] You could also see that, as a minimalist who has influenced many non-minimalist designers, he was thinking about that form."
Vogue UK: "And this collection—a resounding success—was full of what looked like little chapters, but ones with a clear vision at the end of them: namely that Simons was a very good choice for Dior."
Lucinda Chambers: "It was everything you expected but in some ways it was completely unexpected [...] It was beautiful, strange and unusual—so precise but so varied. I loved the strong romance - it was so bold with the make-up—and it followed on from the couture collection, you could see how it had evolved."
Telegraph: "It was fun and sensuous and also elegant and extremely desirable. A year ago everyone said that resurrecting Dior was an impossible task. Now it looks immenently [sic] feasible."
And the only negative(ish) of the bunch, from Robin Givhan at the Daily Beast: "But as Simons pushes forward with new ideas and techniques, one hopes that his aesthetic doesn't lose its elegance and refinement as he chases youthful vigor. It's worrisome that almost the whole of his spring collection was focused on mini-dresses and hot pants—save for the evening skirts and a few cocktail dresses. His cropped and crumpled ball gowns are quickly becoming a signature look. In the ready-to-wear collection, he paired them with shorts. In his couture collection, he offered a similar look, but with trousers—a more inviting and accessible combination."
That aside, we hope Raf Simons is enjoying some champagne right about now.