After presenting a couture collection a mere six weeks after being anointed creative director of Christian Dior, Raf Simons presented his first ready-to-wear collection to goosebump-inducing anticipation. In a savvy move, not only was the show livestreamed on the Dior website, it was simultaneously live-tweeted by the brand. Dior also set up a webcam widget on its site which allowed users to snap photos of the models and post them to Twitter or Facebook.
It's clear that Simons poured over the Dior archives and closely studied the brand, which resulted in a stellar lineup that stayed true to the Dior DNA while showing off Simons' knack for tailoring. A series of black tuxedo suits opened the show and were followed by patterned and layered dresses and jackets. Silhouettes ranged a wide gamut and the designer showed off a number of styles from the draped to simple A-line. The most remarkable pieces, however, were the eveningwear garments that paired black sweaters with ballgown skirts which finished off the wearable and luxe Spring 2013 collection.