Christian Dior Spring 2013 RTW

Launch Slideshow

SHOW: Christian Dior, Spring 2013

THEME: Simplistic and feminine freedom

ACCESSORIES: Circular and square bags, metallic adorned pumps

OVERALL TAKEAWAY: People were talking about this collection before it hit the runway. The incredibly talented Raf Simons had some big shoes to fill, and though he succeeded with his first haute couture collection for Christian Dior, the industry was anxiously awaiting to see how he would execute ready-to-wear.

Simons said of the show that freedom is the new theme at Dior — and that is evident in this collection. The designer impresses upon the label his aesthetic of minimalist fashion combined with beautiful and flawless execution.

The collection featured an entire wardrobe with endless options for morning, noon, and night. Though the garments don't necessarily transition (unless you're Anna Dello Russo, of course), but where a dress was shown for daytime, an evening option immediately followed.

And while shapes mirrored the feminine aesthetic of Dior, Simons stuck to his simplistic tendencies and vamped things up in textile and fabric. Shorter dresses and separates were featured in shimmery organzas, while longer dresses were done up in stiff materials that created a romantic 40s-inspired shape. Simons also featured a muted color palette but then dove head first into full-on vibrancy in oranges, purples, and greens that continue to push the color-blocked trend.

Still, what's most understated but equally beautiful are his black suits. The tailoring is on another level and really shows Simons in his element recalling his love of architecture and his impeccable menswear moments at Jil Sander.

Overall, any doubts as to whether Simons was a good fit for Dior are now put to rest. This is what we like to call a perfect match. Bravo.