Sitting front row at Raf Simons' debut Haute Couture show for Christian Dior earlier this month in Paris, I felt a major fashion moment was happening in the 21st Century...at last! A "new" New Look in 2012. Whereas John Galliano waxed nostalgic on his signature bias cuts and retro-full skirted gowns during his previous and now infamous tenure and dismissal, Raf took the helm of Dior and referenced Monsieur Dior's famous "bar jackets" from Spring/Summer 1947 as chic coat dresses. He also proposed mini ball gowns, as I photographed below, but worn with slim tuxedo pants in an exceedingly refreshing and modern silhouette that got this jaded "been there, done that" fashionisto quite excited.
I am confident this new silhouette will be oft-copied by other designers and I can give you a bit of a head start on referencing the look by wearing this Marc Bohan for Christian Dior embroidered velvet bustier that is demi Couture. Although it may not flair in as exaggerated version as the Raf version for Dior above, it gives a hint to the new silhouette and won't cost you around $70,000. One of the marvels of vintage is that we can give you next season's look...yesterday.
Remember, if it's in fashion, it's already old.
Christian Dior Boutique by Marc Bohan elaborately embroidered velvet busiter, c 1980s. Modern size 6
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