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For Fall 2012 Couture Week, Raf Simons presented the fashion community with an ultra-modern take on the House of Dior’s iconic 1947 New Look. His use of over-exaggerated lines, artful proportions and an architectural sensibility kept this otherwise classic silhouette decidedly fresh.
We adore his inaugural collection for its fanciful touches—many of the evening gowns would not have been out of place in the closet of a Disney princess. And the runway’s floral backdrop added to this effect. All that was missing was a few singing woodland creatures.
While for some, a cinched waist and flared skirt veers into prim and proper territory, we’re drawn to the feminine, dare we say glamorous, qualities of this cleverly constructed silhouette—and Simon’s, for one, wasn’t shy about pumping up the va-va-voom with extra padding at the hips.
The hourglass dress is the perfect playground for most any accouterment. A bold jeweled necklace or chucky metal cuff instantly adds edge. Footwear options are endless from sexy ankle-strap heels and strappy mental thong sandals to color-block or bejeweled wedges, even bright patent ballet flats. And this silhouette just begs to be belted—try a studded leather or double-buckle animal-print style.
Beyond the styling versatility of this (you’ll never say “stuffy” again) silhouette, it’s a natural shape shifter. It deemphasizes hips so naturally and instantly thrusts the waist—one of the most alluring spots on a woman—into the spotlight in such utterly flattering proportions the result is almost mystical.