Christian Dior Haute Couture Spring 2013 – Minimalist Look Wins the Day

With the Paris Couture Fashion Week underway, expectations were high from the Christian Dior Haute Couture Spring 2013 collection and as always, Raf Simons did not disappoint. The theme of the collection was Spring itself and it was set in a miniature French garden setting, with models walking around green shrubbery and hazelnut trees.


The Minimalist Look

The Christian Dior Haute Couture Spring 2013 look was characterized by sheer minimalism. All models exhibited uniform cropped elfin hair and accessories were toned down to a bare minimum if at all. The highlight of the look remained the lips with glossy color. The overall look was crisp and clean suited more for the 21st century modern woman, who is confident, stylish and wears her couture with élan.

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Christian Dior Haute Couture Spring 2013 Trends

1.  Strapless Hourglass Dresses

The strapless hourglass dress that has been a Dior staple for sometime did make an appearance in the collection. The styles ranged from plain with contrasting bustier, printed dresses and an ethereal wispy tulle outfit embellished with beads with a full length coat thrown around the shoulders for greater effect. And don’t miss the point made by the pointy satin shoes.


2. Peplum Looks

The peplum style made an appearance in the collection both as tops for skirts and pants. The peplums embellished with floral designs, reinforced the idea of spring.


3. Floral Motif

How can a Spring collection not have florals?

And how can a spring collection still look creative with florals? The answer is at the Christian Dior Haute Couture show. Though floral in spring is one of the most repetitive trends every year, Raf Simons has managed to make the look inspiring and fresh as only he can.

Several creations incorporated floral appliqués that made a statement. Floral prints were observed in combination with sheer colorful material. Another floral trend was the presence of an asymmetrical bright floral patch on an otherwise dark dress. Whew… we did say the floral designs were creative and inspiring.

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Note the matching green pointed shoes coordinated with the outfit. Fashion is indeed all about details.

4. Asymmetric Hemline Dresses

Though pant suits were showcased as part of the collection, the focus remained mostly on dresses. Peplum, floral, sheer material and angled dresses dominated. Another popular style of dresses observed was the asymmetric hemline style. They were presented both in the body hugging format that emphasized the silhouette and in the loose relaxed silhouette styles.

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5. Formal Evening Gowns

The collection ended with the presentation of the formal evening gowns. The colors for this collection remained white and pastels. The dresses were extremely elaborate, yet retained a sense of minimalism and modernity, which has become the Dior trademark now, in what may be called the Raf Simons era. The strapless outfit fitted till the low waist, ballooned out below, creating a gorgeous effect.


The other outfit had embellishments on the back and sleeve and symmetric pleated frills sweeping the floor and sweeping the audience off the floor too. Bravo Dior!

What are your views on the collection?