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Raf Simon, the new Creative Director of Maison Dior, continually leaves us all breathless: his first prêt-à-porter inaugurated 2013 with a decidedly sparkling Spring-Summer fashion show.

This Spring-Summer collection celebrates the core points of Dior style that, with a decidedly more modern look, marched along the catwalk, one after the other.

The bar suit submits to changes and, with a shiny satin collar, is magnificently transformed into a gala evening dinner jacket, with versions as jacket with cigarette pants, mini suit, either with jacket-like buttons in front, or revealing the shoulders with bustier neckline, or even as a coat: elegant,  high-class and timeless.

Many of the mini suits are single shoulder or strapless and, being so short, show off the models’ long legs.

The metallic silks and organzas used for the garments play with the light and create movements and volume in swollen balloon skirts. Black and white are not the only protagonists of the show, which also includes pastel colours like yellow, lilac, rose, light grey and more aggressive and lively colours such as red, fuchsia and orange.

Many are the single colours, but just as many are the prints, with floral and more particularly geometric designs.

Horizontal stripes, either wide or narrow, are among the decorative elements greatly used in this collection.

The models’ make-up is essentially very cool and trendy. Eyes are adorned with precious sparkling glitter that lightens up the look and lends character to the face.

Raf Simon is decidedly showing his worth with these initial collections signed off by Christian Dior, minimalist according to his style, but firmly anchored in the traditions of the House.