For over a year, the fashion world was abuzz with rumors over who would step in for designer John Galliano, as artistic director of French fashion house Christian Dior. When it was announced in early April that Raf Simons, former creative director of Jil Sander, would be taking over the helm at Dior, the fashion industry again found itself waiting with bated breath to see what would become of this new union.
With the arrival of the Fall 2012 Haute Couture season, the wait was over. Raf Simons made his debut at the House of Dior, and while critics and fans alike are still ruminating over the perceived success or failure of the collection, the leading ladies of Hollywood have weighed in on the debate and let their actions speak louder than any words possibly could.
Jessica Biel, Rachel Weisz, and Marion Cotillard have all worn Dior Couture to major red carpet movie premieres within weeks of each other. So it’s a safe bet to declare that in Hollywood at least, Rafe Simons at Dior is a hit.
Jessica, who’s admitted to often letting beau Justin Timberlake choose her wardrobe (wonder if this look was his idea?), wore a strapless creation from the Dior couture collection to the Hollywood premiere of her newest film, Total Recall.
Her look was pure ’50s glam, from the cotton candy pink color of her dress and its tea length hemline, to her white cap-toe Louis Vuitton ‘Merry Go Round’ pumps and matching Jimmy Choo clutch. There’s a vintage vibe to Jessica’s ensemble, but soft makeup, sleek, side parted hair, and chunky Tim Binns jewelry give it all a contemporary edge.
Most recent to jump on the Dior Fall 2012 couture train, was actress Rachel Weisz at the NYC premiere of The Bourne Legacy. Where Jessica’s look was old school, Rachel’s was classically timeless; there’s a reason the little black dress never goes out of style.
Rachel’s strapless frock was fitted through the waist, where it continued with a simple column silhouette, ending just below knee-length. The dress has an understated sexiness on its own, but Rachel upped the factor just enough by adding a red lip, a Charlotte Olympia ‘Domino Pandora’ clutch, and a pair of fun, Christian Louboutin ‘Bow Bow’ heels from the designer’s 20th Anniversary Capsule Collection.
Another major red carpet movie premiere, another Dior couture ensemble, and another Hollywood beauty, this it’s time french actress Marion Cotillard at the London premiere of The Dark Knight Rises. Even though her two-tone Dior dress shares similar traits and style aesthetics as Jessica and Rachel’s dresses (that’s the point of a collection, no?), Marion’s look still uniquely stands out on its own.
Of the three looks, I think Marion’s is the most adventurous. The dual color tones of the dress, combined with a strong metallic belt, plus the addition of her red Christian Dior heels and clutch, all combine to create a sophisticated, yet fashionably standout ensemble.