Runway Report: Christian Dior F/W ’13 Haute Couture

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While keeping in step with the true elegance and regal beauty that is expected from the famed fashion house, Dior’s Fall ’13/14 Haute Couture runway show presented true staples that come from a Dior collection (signature cinched waists and delicate evening gloves for example) except this time, thanks to Raf Simons, it also came with a distinct edge.  With “women of the world” inspiring the innovative designer, he created the ultimate epicenter of luxe, clearly absorbing influence from all four corners of the globe.  Transcending 1950′s silhouettes – hourglass figures were exemplified in a collection that was prominently filled with knee length skirts, belted jackets and floor length gowns all of which showed off just how he has been impacted by the multitude of fashion cultures seen worldwide.

Each model was draped in indulgent dark hued fabrics like satins, velvets and furs and encrusted with embellishments, it lent itself to the mood shift, making all of us aware that this was intended for the Fall season.  As a result, everything from coats to gowns were adorned with fur, jacket/skirt combos with hyper-gloss sequins in alternate prints, yet parallel color-ways were perfectly proportioned, asymmetrical lines gave additional depth to strapless ball-gowns and flickers of plaid and stripes provided a bold sports-wear-like graphic.

Statement pieces culminated in column silhouettes and endless gowns that featured everything from a lacquered like sheen providing beautiful fluidity, cascades of sparkling ombre’d fringe, intricately woven knits forming peek-a-boo dresses and one particular strapless number that combined an utter myriad of fabrics and textures, bringing the entire collection into one stunning look.

The hair and makeup assisted in giving balance to this stunning culture clash.  With simple and sleek slicked back hair and brazenly glitter adorned eyes and lips – it foreshadowed the abundance of opulence that could be spotted in multiple pieces throughout the collection.

By abundantly maintaing the Dior lady-like foundation yet simultaneously providing a passport around the world, Simons is able to rectify the idea that influence doesn’t always have to come from one of the fashion’s capitals, but can aggregate from just about anywhere.

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Jillian Magenheim is a writer, editor and a digital media/PR consultant for fashion and beauty brands. You can follow her thoughts on twitter @Magenhaz

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