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Christian Dior Haute Couture Spring 2013: Inspired by the Very Idea of Spring

Inspired by “the very idea of spring,” this season’s Raf Simons-designed Dior collection was fittingly light and airy. There was a softness that pervaded even the most tightly fitted and structured looks thanks to the designer's use of lightweight fabrics and minimal embellishments.

Opting to rely on elaborate construction — think swirling fabrics and asymmetrical draping — there was an opulence to each look despite the restraint with frills. Further, while Simons stuck with some of the shapes we’ve seen from him in the past (trapeze dresses and bell skirts), he worked in Dior classics like trumpet-shaped gowns but modernized the 50s looks with sharper angles, all the while maintaining his minimalist aesthetic.

Bright pops of yellow and pink were presented alongside soft shades of blue and black for a collection that may not have the shock value of Galliano, but presented something incredibly refined and, better yet, wearable.