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Raf Simons Tones Down the Embellishments for Christian Dior (Runway Review)

Christian Dior Fall 2014 models doing the final walk

The Scene: Valerie Trierweiler and Rihanna were among those seated front row.

The Inspiration: "I wanted to propose a new woman. A woman with power and energy in a very definite way. This season is less about the leisure of the garden and more about the pace of the city. I am attracted to the reality of the urban world," Raf Simons told Grazia.

The Look: Arguably his best collection for Dior, Raf Simons did away with all of the heavy embellishments of seasons past and focused instead on tailoring and playing with proportions, as he did with his best collections for Jil Sander. The effect was amplified with the designer's vivid color palette, which included pink, emerald, red, blue, fuchsia, yellow and many more vibrant shades and made for a slew of gorgeous looks that successfully showed off the beautiful silhouettes. Among the best looks were quilted dresses with fitted bodice and ballooning skirts, swinging below-the-knee coats with wide half sleeves, long waist-coats, dresses worn over under-dresses for a layered two-toned look and the flower-embroidered chiffon dresses worn over T-shirts that closed the show, which were truly unique in a way we haven't seen since the designer paired a carefully crafted couture skirt with a simple Hanes-like shirt for his Spring 2011 Jil Sander collection.

The Accessories: Pointed multi-colored platform shoes, floral embellished clutches and updated Lady Dior bags with a front pocket.

The Beauty: Slicked back hair worn down, a pink lip and boldly colored shadows were prominently applied to models' eyes.

The Takeaway: Proof that sometimes less really is more.

images: IMAXtree

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