Simons in confident Christian Dior style evolution

March 1, 2013 • Business, Entertainment

Models wear creations by Japanese fashion designer Yohji Yamamoto for his Fall/Winter 2013-2014 ready to wear collection, in Paris, Friday, March 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

PARIS (AP) — The fourth day of Paris fashion week saw Raf Simons unveil the latest chapter of his journey after nearly a year at the design helm of Christian Dior.

Following his acclaimed debut last year, the pressure has been stacked on the Belgian designer to deliver again in what is only his second ready-to-wear show in one of the most influential jobs in fashion.

At Paris’ Hotel des Invalides, fashion editors fought through swelling crowds to take a glimpse into the storied house’s future.

They saw Simons live up to their expectations.

Other shows of the day expressed fall fashions through vivid color, like in the strong showings from Issey Miyake and Roland Mouret.

Some like Isabel Marant got into the wintry mood through muted palettes, serving up some great comfy knitwear.


Raf Simons confidently evolved the angular portions of previous seasons’ work into softer, more saleable silhouettes. The new Bar jacket, looser and in trendy wool denim, seemed to point to a man who’s finally settled in to his role.

This season was the supplest fusion so far of his minimalism and the house’s ultra-femininity and curves.

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