In Paris earlier this week Belgian designer Raf Simons showed his second haute couture collection since taking over as creative director at Dior. For Spring/Summer 2013 he commissioned landscaper Wirtz International to concoct an indoor forest. From its depths appeared waif-styled models wearing weightless acres of floral embroidery and beading inspired by vintage prototypes from Dior archives.
The elbow-length tulle gloves originally made me focus on this particular show. They resemble the embroidered organdy blouses Saint Laurent used to be famous for – (and Saint Laurent himself of course also had put in several years at Dior).
Fashion writer Horst Meier calls the Dior show, "a discussion of kitsch and femininity from a very masculine point of view."