Well, by now, we all know the interesting story of the Dior fashion house. John Galliano leaves in shame. Bill Gaytten, his right hand, takes the reigns (temporarily) first to negative reviews and then to rave reviews, only to be replaced by Raf Simons who left Jil Sander to take over the coveted position. Sound more complicated than an episode of Dallas? It is. However, no one shot Dior, and the brand continues to prevail.
So, this collection was Simons first go at the storied fashion house. My thoughts? He’s redefining the line. When I first saw it, I wasn’t too impressed. However, on second take, I liked it. On third take, I liked it some more. And I got it, he’s redefining the line, as he should. Simons is bringing some of his minimalism from Jil Sander over to a brand that is known for its over the top glamour largely defined by Galliano. What did we see on the runway? Great blacks, peplum, tasteful sparkle and pops of color in blues, yellows and reds. I don’t know about you, but I am super excited to see where Sander ultimately takes Dior.
Have you been following the Dior drama? What do you think of Sander’s debut today?