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October 28, 2015

Raf Simons and Christian Dior Are Calling It Quits

Text by Saumya Sinha

When Raf Simons and Christian Dior joined forces in April 2012, the fashion industry went abuzz with frissons of excitement in anticipation of the next big thing from the house that gave the world ‘The New Look’. Three and a half years later, as he steps down from his position as the creative director of the brand, we look back at his short and sweet, and inarguably the most impactful journey…

Our favourite celeb-moments in Dior

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    Charlize Theron, Emma Watson, Dakota Johnson
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    Natalie Portman, Kate Mara, Emma Stone, Suki Waterhouse

Although Jennifer Lawrence’s famous tumble at the Oscars will remain etched in our memories as one of her funniest moments, it’s technically her three-tiered couture gown that made it memorable…we can’t think of a better princess-like fall in any other dress. And let’s not forget the unconventional red dress atop pants that Emma Watson wore to the Golden Globe Awards, the sensuous black jumpsuit on Dakota Johnson, the gold bodycon dress on Charlize Theron…our list of sartorial love affairs with Simons’ Dior is endless!

Most memorable runway looks

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    Haute Couture 2012
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    Cruise 2016
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    Haute Couture Fall 2015
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    Ready-to-wear Fall/Winter 2015
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    Spring/Summer 2015 haute couture

The Belgian designer did an outstanding job of re-establishing the original ethics that Monsieur Dior brought to the French brand. He turned intimates into the new outerwear; designed ethereal feathered dressesarchitecture inspired silhouettes infused with fun and above all, couture creations which were sublime or as he and his right-hand man Pieter Mulier would call it “Suub-leeeme”.

Packing a punch with accessories, avant-garde style

Pairing a cocktail gown or an evening dress with sneakers was an outrageous thought till this standout embellished Dior beauty arrived on the runway of Spring/Summer 2014 couture and swept us off our feet! Raf turned the spotlight to the utilitarian sneaker and added quirk to the well defined boundaries of couture. Tribal mono-earrings that became a street style favourite, silver bracelets and the delish boots, all played their part in wooing us.

Vivid, blooming sets

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    Cour Carrée, outside the Musée du Louvre, Paris
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    Pierre Cardin’s bubble house (Le Palais Bulles)
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    Simons'debut show for Dior, in Paris

For his debut show (Fall/Winter haute couture 2012), Simons covered the sets with one million flowers, punctuating his revolutionary collection. From then on, in the past seasons, he showcased in various admirable settings such as the Brooklyn Navy Yard for his 2015 cruise collection, a 59 feet meadow-like mound in the Cour Carrée outside the Musée du Louvre, Paris for Spring 2015 ready-to-wear and Pierre Cardin’s bubble house (Le Palais Bulles) for his Cruise 2016 line.

The one that got away

Simons’ Dior was an ethereal world, one we easily associate with this brand, and as we look forward to the next season with new creative spirits at the helm…the sweet smell of delphiniums seems to linger on….

(As the fashion house looks for another creative head, the next pre-fall collection will be reportedly designed by the in-house team and shown in January in Paris.)

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