So sorry for the image-heavy post but I love love love this entire collection soooo much, it gives me butterflies. To say Raf Simons' debut at Dior was a huge success would be the understatement of the year. Below is an excerpt from Tim Blanks' eloquent and insightful review of the collection for Style.com:
Simons has been engaged with this world for a while. Dior was obviously the guiding spirit of his fascination with midcentury couture (see the Q&A here) during his last seasons with Sander. But he approached an actual couture collection with an appropriate balance of reverence and iconoclasm. One key silhouette could best be defined as a full-skirted classic ball gown truncated at the peplum (a quote from a 1952 collection, according to the run of show), its skirt replaced by black silk cigarette pants. The formal past, the streamlined future, meeting in the middle.