One of my first encounters with fashion was the Dior resort 2016 fashion show, I was fifteen years old, cruising through the internet trying to learn all I could from my newly found passion for fashion and I stumbled with it. I had watched some fashion shows online before but nothing compared to Dior resort 2016. From then I looked into all the fashion shows and interviews available by Raf about Dior.
But what got me (and most of us) about Raf Simons’ Dior wasn’t the artistic sets to the shows only. The fashion shows had a connection between them, it was an evolution that kept us always excited to the next one. It had a strong signature, if you saw a piece at random you would surely say that the clothes you were seeing were Dior by Raf Simons without having to question it.
Even though he was portrayed as a minimalistic designer before, Raf showed that he could work very well (and when I say well I mean WELL with capital letters) outside his comfort zone.
The legacy of Christian Dior was kept and reimagined on Raf’s own way, the clothes had personality, they spoke by themselves but they still said “Dior”.
The clothes had a history, they could’ve been from a decade before or from a decade later then they actually were, but they were still modern and timeless at the same time.
And, besides all that, sales were not the most important thing, Raf was keeping the brand alive sales wise and artistic wise. He wasn’t appropriating of social rights movements just to sell t-shirts, he wasn’t trying to please everyone. He was doing his best and never feeling sorry when it didn’t please people.
Raf’s Dior was dreamy, something out of a fairy tale but somehow not only for princesses to wear, to strong warriors too, because feminine doesn’t mean weak, strong doesn’t mean masculine, and this duality makes the Raf Simons’ Dior iconic.
- by Ana Luisa Infante Malachias