After his couture debut for Dior went down a storm, Raf Simons’ first foray into ready-to-wear for the house had a hard act to follow.
And follow is just the right word as themes and shapes from July’s couture carried through. The abbreviated ‘gowns’ exhibited Simons’ honed couturier’s eye while nods to Le Smoking were, at their most innocent, a sideways glance towards his co-debutante and media-generated opponent Hedi Slimane at Saint Laurent. Proportion too was key - Simons carved up familiar Dior shapes to give them a new lease of life.
In short In a way it was a collection that defied trends but expect to see the influence of the tuxedos, sheened fabrics and poppy colours.