From Alber to Donatella, we round up the awesomest reactions to Raf Simons’ debut Dior couture collection

To say that Raf Simons had a mountain of pressure weighing down on him for his couture collection for Dior would be an understatement. And yet somehow, Simons managed to pull off the impossible: his stunning 56-piece collection was a reverent nod to Dior’s heritage fused with Simon’s signature modernity. Even more impressive than the collection itself is the outpouring of approval from the tough-to-please fashion crowd, including Simons’ peers. Here are some of the reactions to the collection so far:

Alber Elbaz: “[The collection was] absolutely poetic. It was perfection. Today was a beautiful marriage between a designer and a house.” [The Guardian]

Suzy Menkes: “The result of Monday’s presentation was not a triumph, but it was a selection of ideas by a designer who has a rare aptitude: to meld modernity with romance.” [The New York Times]

Amy Larocca: “With a collection like this, it’s easy to imagine not only the future of Dior as something far deeper and much more powerful than a name attached to luxury handbags and beautiful flacons of perfume: It’s easy to imagine Dior as the very front of fashion once again.” [The Cut]

Lucinda Chambers: “It was what you hoped for and more — it was such a beautiful homage to Dior, a mix of the modern, clean and unexpected with a real lightness of touch.” [Vogue UK]

Cathy Horyn: “His clothes are often so simple that you have to look at them for a while before you see the small gesture or the magisterial way of sleeveless black crepe falls over the body. He gets the most and the best out of couture, and this is just the start.” [The New York Times On the Runway]

Donatella Versace: “Before the show, I found it difficult to imagine what Raf would do at Dior, but from the very first look today it made total sense.” [The Guardian]

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