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Christian Dior Haute Couture Fall 2012: A Stellar Debut for Raf Simons

Sure, there were stars like Jennifer Lawrence, Marion Cotillard, and Sharon Stone front row at Christian Dior’s Haute Couture show this season, but the real stars were all of the fashion designers (many of whom were thought to be up for the job as John Galliano’s successor) that were the real stars. Among those who turned out to see Raf Simons' debut as the creative head of the storied couture house were Donatella Versace, Marc Jacobs, Alber Elbaz, Riccardo Tisci, Azzedine Alaïa, Kris Van Assche, Jean-Louis Scherrer, Pierre Cardin, Olivier Theyskens, and Diane von Furstenberg. Needless to say, the pressure that Simons is under given the level of excitement and anticipation cannot be understated. LVMH must be thanking its lucky stars, however, because the designer’s debut was nothing short of stellar.

Whether with a long sleeve, cinched-waist floor length citrine dress or with a bright red belted trench dress with oversized pockets, the designer’s collection was minimalist perfection. The most memorable looks of the collection featured structured billowing long skirts which recalled some of Simons' work at Jil Sander. Similarly, much like at Sander, Simons kept frills and heavy adornments to a minimum focusing instead on colors, prints, and beautiful shapes.

TFS forum members don't quite agree, and have mixed feelings about Raf Simons’ Dior Couture debut.