Yes, he can. Last April Raf Simons, the chief designer of the fashion house Dior in Paris on Monday with a successful high-fashion debut, the skeptic in his place.
Although the coming of Jil Sander Belgians enjoy for many years an excellent reputation as a fashion designer but he had never done until now haute couture. The latter is considered the pinnacle of the fashion class: Few have the know-how of the high art of tailoring. Came as Simons studied industrial design and fashion autodidact simple at the end of the show in a black shirt on black trousers on the catwalk, you could tell him the strain of yet.
Enormous the rush was on this show for autumn / winter 2012/13 fashion week, the impressive guest list of celebrities such as Sharon Stone and Charlene Monaco but also fellow designers like Marc Jacobs, Alber Elbaz and Donatella Versace. Added to this was an extremely costly setting. Five rooms in the building of a foundation had been decorated with flowers over a million – a room in goldenrod, one in orange or red roses one in Larkspur. Despite all the pressure Simons managed to set amazingly beautiful designs in the scene, where every move is agreed.
The 44-year-old remained loyal to the baseline Christian Dior’s costume and took on his famous “Bar” in 1947. The typical costume of the “calyx line” with a narrow top and wide skirt that opens in a gentle way he deconstructed. Times the calyx seemed as precious beaded corsets top with peplum to narrow trousers in black, sometimes he swung himself as electric blue Astrakhan-dress to the delicate figure of a model, sometimes he appeared as a street costume in Mr. fabrics on the catwalk.
Artfully layered network structures, testified organza with feathers occupied in pastels or prints reminiscent of Gerhard Richter’s pictures of the uniqueness of haute couture. As the basis of the collection Simons chose precisely tailored dresses, tuxedos or gowns in black, navy blue or red some models wore pumps with heels bent, awarded the Simons’ interpretation of a slightly subversive Dior coat. “Wunderbar” and “just right” called the editor in chief of German Vogue collection.
With all the hype was at Dior, Karl Lagerfeld sovereign. As usual, the impetus was big for his Chanel show on Tuesday. He also had beautiful women like Sofia Coppola and Milla Jovovich as a guest and appeared on the show at the Grand Palais was built tea room inviting and beautiful. “New Vintage” was the theme of the collection in which Lagerfeld had obviously of Coco Chanel’s designs from the 1930s for inspiration.
Extra long silk skirts were reveling in gorgeous coats of patchwork tweed suits in pastels and loose the result. Everything looked like already worn and slightly too large. Lagerfeld also sent a few “wedding cake designs” in the 1970s-style on the catwalk – dresses in pink or silver, sometimes with pompons, sometimes filled with rolled fabric flowers. The “flea market” touch of the whole defused the sweet impression.
There were others not looking so the focus of designers standing in this memorable season for the fashion industry. Christophe Josse showed about a finely crafted collection with the ostensible simplicity with many black shift dresses by precious materials such as crocodile leather has been upgraded. And the Dutch Iris van Herpen continued her fashion experiments continued with surreal elaborate corset gowns reminiscent of sea creatures.