Season's Round Up # 42: DIOR SPRING-SUMMER 2013

Raf Simons is one of fashion world’s most loved and sought after designer. His penchant for thought-provoking pieces and aesthetic has drawn much attention. And his appointment at the house of Dior is definitely one that has been watched.

For his SS2013 Women’s RTW Collection, we see Mr. Simons continuing his trend of staying true to the label’s aesthetic. Sleek, tailored cuts in black and white opened the show and it was very much truly Dior. Where you see his touch beginning to show would be through the colored scarves tied to the model’s necks or the metallics that were shown strutting down the runway; whether on the short heeled pumps or the larger than life bangles or even in the out of the box metallic pastel gowns and skirts. We even see splashes of metallic fabric in some of the deconstructed tops. There were pieces though that I must say I abhorred, for instance the metallic table cloth-like floral imprinted gowns or the pink shift dress that looked like it was designed by kindergartners were a bit too pedestrian for my taste.

Slowly but surely, we’re seeing Simons inject his own take on Dior.  As Alexandra Shulman of Vogue said, "It was everything you expected but in some ways it was completely unexpected," and that I say is mainly down to Simons. I personally think that with any change, it will take time for someone to fully acclimatize to a role. There are still a few haters, and believe me when I say this, I personally think Simons still needs to find and strike that right balance between his design capability and that of Dior’s. He’s still no Lagerfeld for Chanel or Fendi. The journey will be long and arduous, yet I think he’ll get there. He’ll definitely get there and when he does, I’ll be the first to stand up and clap.

CREDITS: Video from Dior