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by Leandra Medine
February 6, 2013
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Raf Simons is in at Dior and we are gauntlet-bound.

 

 

Can you smell it? My dude sings a chant that goes, “Fashion Week! Fashion Week! Fashion Week!” My mom suggests I nuorish (not to be confused with nourish) my body with vitamins before I dive into “the arena” and, full disclosure, I keep a notebook of preferred garments that serve as restoratives in case I can’t get dressed. Indeed, the Olympics of Man Repelling are upon us again and a timely inauguration it is.

Today also marks the launch of Raf Simons’ first Ready-to-Wear collection for Christian Dior at Jeffrey New York in ready-to-buy formation. With the welcomed and celebrated shenanigans practically in tow, a hearty nod to Raf by way of Jeffrey’s is precisely the right dose of O-M-G-Fashion for even those unable to participate in the aforementioned shenanigans. (How many ways can I say fashion week without actually saying fashion week?)

The conversation about Raf Simons’s first collection for Dior has felt rather ceaseless but in case you’ve forgotten how thrilling this landing is, here’s a brief refresher.

On a promenade through less-than business casual suiting (including, the neck scarves emblematic of all elegant French women) through an array of escapist party dresses (applicable for celebratory circumstances only) and then into the heart of Simons’s psyche (only a man born and raised on a Belgian farm could truly understand the subtle beauty of pairing a minimalist tank top with a larger-than-life, whimsical full skirt), the man has got an indispensable knack for eliciting emotion.

And though easy to fall in love with the conceptual nature of where Simons obviously plans to take Christian Dior–he has effusively shared his propensity toward minimalism (though noting that “it is not the only one [he] likes”), there is nothing quite like seeing, touching, and feeling the intricacies of his craftsmanship with our own hands to arrive at our respective deductions.

If you can, I’d suggest you head in to Jeffrey and take a gander for yourself. Come on, do it for Fashion Week. The store’s display is set in the same vein as the ad campaign, featuring dynamic open windows (after all, when one screen closes, another one opens, right?). But in the event you’re somewhere else, the slideshow images above demonstrate precisely how opulent, decadent, downright luxurious little slices of this collection are.

And finally, you will also find my very cold frame shuffling through meager snow flakes in what is perhaps a most flawless salute to his eager and simple aesthetic, infused with the kind of details that wholly make his work one of a kind. In the end, it seems Raf‘s real talent rests in his ability to make even a woman so obsessed with looking like a little boy (me) want, nay, need to feel like a bona-fide lady.

Photos by Leandra Medine and Charlotte Fassler. Part 1 in a collaborative series with Christian Dior

REPLIES
  • rhodawong

    really excited for NYFW to start!

    http://www.styleandshades.blogspot.com

  • Jennifer

    I so wish I could be there!

    xo Jennifer

    http://seekingstyleblog.wordpress.com

  • Wind-up bird

    Elegant, but also refreshing. Even a man repeller can be a lady for a day( or week, no one is counting). Fashion week gets my creative gears turning again. I may never be able to afford any of it, but I can go thrifting for equally exciting pieces. Thrill of the chase, right?

    http://Www.twitter.com/sciencemcgee

  • Olga Montserrat

    Love that photo with your reflection on the Dior window. Frame that shit, it’s beautiful. Or I WILL.

  • http://twitter.com/Eclettica Sheela Goh

    Tis the word ‘shenanigans’ which piqued my curiosity :)

  • http://scattergirll.blogspot.com/ Sophie Lewis

    Happy fashion week, and may the odds be ever in your favor:)

    …sorry, I had to. It just felt so appropriate. But seriously, good luck! xx

  • monkeyshines

    inspiring pieces!

    Bises,
    monkeyshines
    http://monkeyshines-monkeyshines.blogspot.com/

  • http://lexyinspired.wordpress.com/ Alexis

    Happy fashion week!! So excited to see all the outfits!!
    xoxo
    Lexy

  • http://twitter.com/EileenCWang Eileen

    Ohh I wish I lived in a place where I can just go check out the new Dior collections in store after I get off work! I don’t know why everyone’s hating on Raf. He’s pretty amazing.

  • Malena
  • gg

    what happened to per-man-friend? don’t lose your charm girl

  • http://twitter.com/thelovelaceclub the lovelace club

    red and fuschia! you look amazing! and who doesn’t love a hand grazing trip through Jeffery’s?!? hands down best shoe selection in the city. ….all sorts of hands going on in this comment!

  • Pxmuse

    BNEW Thakoon Ankle Boots for sale on eBay!!!

    http://www.ebay.ca/itm/Sold-Out-Thakoon-Ankle-Boots-/251223415295

  • http://newbornfanatic.wordpress.com/ Newborn Fanatic

    his style seems to match yours so perfectly! looks totally your style :)

    http://newbornfanatic.wordpress.com/

  • Elaine

    Is it just me or did you recently turn into a Lady?

  • disqus_7boc5jSuvI

    the minimalist top and full skirt are perfection. Raf did well

    xx

    http://spoonfulofdiamonds.blogspot.com

    http://www.facebook.com/SpoonfulOfDiamonds

  • Anne

    Leandra, do you need intern this summer?! I totally love your writing, your style, and of course your man repelling abilities. Please tell me where and when I can apply. You are flawless.

  • http://www.fantabulouslyfrugal.com/ FantabulouslyFrugal.com

    I normally read via Google Reader, but I found myself here and wanted to leave a quick note that I love the front page redesign! It really looks great!

  • The Provoker

    I remember seeing your instagram screenshot of you and your mom’s convo, she’s so sweet and I think she’s got a whole trending hashtag thing going on, instead of fashion week, we’d be more specific and go #NYArena lol Btw, I’ve just bought a new pair of SS13
    Céline loafers in hopes to provoke in minimalism, I’d say it’s
    still quite provoking, do tell what you think on my investment on these
    new hooves lol ;)

    xx The Provoker
    http://www.the-provoker.com/2013/02/new-hooves.html

  • Namrata

    I completely agree! The collection looks very decadent and very prim!

    N
    http://seasoncheck.blogspot.in/2013/02/pop-pink.html

  • Monica

    I’m veeery excited for NYFW to begging! I thought the dior collection was really good, it could never be like Galliano’s Dior, but it’s not about copying but about creating something new and different :) Hope you may pass by my blog: Awkwardly Dancing
    http://awkwardlydancing.blogspot.mx

  • natalie

    i can’t wait for your fashion week posts!!
    xx
    http://anoddgirl.blogspot.com.au

  • Marta

    amazing choices of photos :) beautiful!

    http://www.martasfashiondiary.com/

  • vittoria gallacci

    You look stunning in Dior: go on that way! :D

    Vittoria from 5 IN THE MORNING

    http://vittoriafiveinthemorning.blogspot.it/

  • Pauline T

    The collection is just plain stunning. Even just the colours will put you in a good mood, not to mention the perfect tailoring and draping <3

  • Nico

    Like everything here but I hope to see the real Leandra, so far of “fashion rules”.

    http://lowbudget-lowcost.blogspot.it/2013/02/celine-and-jil-sander-vs-zara.html

  • Bonnie, Clyde + Marni
  • Lydia Teo

    Really love Dior, and the S/S 2013 collection was amazing! Loved the scarves tied around the necks and minimalist black tops paired with those beautiful voluminous skirts.

    ravenmaidenmaven.blogspot.com

  • http://twitter.com/LAW1SFAB LAW

    You cut your hair, can only see it a little but it looks great. The shoesssss! Can’t wait to see your NYFW coverage, you can give me inspiration for LFW x

  • Speckle

    I am officially in love with Raf Simons. I might even write him a Valentine’s Day card. Extremely exciting for him to be at Dior!! Bring on the Fashion Week Madness!

    http://www.r-ebl@blogspot.com

  • http://www.tripsandtreasures.net/ Trips & Treasures

    i love everything raf is doing with dior, from the actual collections to the runwaydecor and the campaign… proud that he is belgian !

    http://www.tripsandtreasures.net

  • Em

    I feel that despite Galliano’s love for the flair, Simons did such an amazing job maintaining the Dior aesthetic but with his own minimalistic touch. I am LOVING what he’s doing! I hope to get to Jeffery’s so i can at least look at the material in person :)

    xoxo, Em
    http://stylebydirtywater.blogspot.com

  • Amalie Espeland

    lovely pictures! the jewelry looks amazing. and wth that red dress is flippin beautiful x

  • Glint-Trends.blogspot.com

    Totally AWESOMEEEEEE!! Love the Colors!

  • http://twitter.com/selenaaponte Selena Aponte

    Why didn’t you leave your hair loose? I love your hair, it would’ve looked perfect with the ensemble you chose

  • Domonique

    Haha your mum’s the cutest! Also it’s right what you said….red and fuschia…fuschia and red..you look epic!

    http://lilylovelock.blogspot.co.uk/

    x

  • Rose Marie

    I wish there were more pictures of your outfit! I love the way the dress is longer at the front, and of course you make red and fuschia look like they should get married, that’s why i hate you. (only joking) x

    http://theroseandherclothes.blogspot.co.uk/

  • ÉL HABLA DE MODA

    Your dress is really nice. I like how you paired it with those shoes.

    http://elhablademoda.blogspot.com

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  • http://thecornerapartment.com/ Elizabeth @ TheCornerApartment

    Can’t wait to see the rest of your collaboration! And of course, what shoes up on the runways via WWD.

    Elizabeth

  • lavieenliz

    have fun!! I wanna go one year!!

    http://lavieenliz.com

  • Svetlana Zmukic
  • Mouthful of Style

    Gorgeous color scheming.

    Style insights and luxury fashion industry learnings: http://www.mouthfulostyle.blogspot.com

  • dahlia
  • http://www.facebook.com/lindley.pless Lindley Tilghman Pless

    Can’t wait to hear all the buzz from you! Love your voice. Especially on fashion…

  • Indiva Designs

    beautiful collection!!

  • http://www.informedstyle.com/ Devon Smiley

    Not as thrilled by Simons’ work as I would like the be…but can’t resist that Dior pink…yowza!

    Devon
    InformedStyle.com

  • francesca

    I think Alexander Wang took a few cues from Raf Simons with his Fall 2013 RTW collection, though he had the luck to apply them early [before his official move to Balenciaga]. You have to ask, seeing both these designers at the helm of storied Parisian houses, how that changes an individual’s relationship to his art. Will Wang’s design be more or less Wang-ful when Balenciaga is sewn into the tag? http://bondi-roco.blogspot.com/2013/02/the-elephant.html

  • http://www.fashainable.com/ EmilyR O.

    that dress! must flip my H-L hem around for a fun twist on the trend(:

  • http://www.facebook.com/aygul.sanzyapova Aygul Sanzyapova

    Raf Simons is genius, I like his metallic outfits! He makes something very simple very chic.

    http://www.trendyshoes.ru