Chic, if I little underwhelming. But I am certainly not going to judge Raf by a single couture show. He's new to couture and I have no doubt that he will figure it out, continue to grow and get better. I enjoyed his previous work and clearly Dior wanted a new direction when they hired him. I'm still looking forward to that direction, even if this collections suffers from overly high expectations.
I can see a bit of classic Dior here but mostly a lot of Jil Sander. I know couture isn't all about theatrics and I think a lot of people are making inaccurate assumptions here that people who don't see it as very couture just think couture's about theatrics. Because I think a lot of the collection could easily pass as high-quality ready-to-wear. A lot of dresses (to me at least) don't look like a team in a studio spent 200 hours making each one.
It doesn't have to be over-the-top, foolish, and forced to be haute couture; it's about the silhouetting, innovation, and detailing, kudos to Raf for recognizing that. This is utterly elegant and exciting.
Exactly! I think everyone is far used to there being such a spectacle around Couture that the true sense of what it is all about is completely lost, due to the era of John Galliano, I'm not saying I never enjoyed that period of time, but I think things are taking a swift direction back to minimalism with houses such as Céline, Hermés, Jil Sander being at the fore front of it.
This was Couture at it's best, the simplicity, the cut, the fit, the shapes, it was to die for!
I can understand the comparison to his work at Jil Sander, but that is what his aesthetic is, it's not what Jil did, it's what Raf does and he can carry on doing that if this is what we're likely to see each season, it was truly gorgeous.
You summed up my thoughts perfectly! And much nicer than I would have said them... I'm finding I'm quite opinionated when it comes to this issue!
Originally Posted by EstefaniaAbaddon
And I see Christian Dior FINALLY. Dior with Christian was all about these elegant and sometimes over the top volumes.
Galliano era is over. No more theatrical pieces. That was not what Dior was about. Dior was about this: http://forums.thefashionspot.com/f11...ior-50092.html
And as for all the Raf for Jil Sander comparisons, I mean, what did you expect? Did you expect him to put his own take on the Galliano for Dior aesthetic? No, I think it makes sense that rather than trying to twist his own aesthetic to fit the notion of what some folks think the Dior aesthetic should be, he's twisting the Dior aesthetic to fit his own (all while paying homage to Christian Dior). Isn't that what designers do? Not to mention, he's in a transitional phase, so of course some of his first works for Dior are going to resemble his last works for Jil Sander.