It's Haute Couture week in Paris, and yesterday's Dior Haute Couture presentation for Spring/Summer 2013 — designed by Raf Simons — was chock full of the kind of exquisite hand-stitched floral gowns you might expect. But there were also some surprises: Jolts of neon, rhinestone-studded lips, asymmetrical hemlines. There were a few trousers — as seen above — but the dreamiest garments were floaty, embroidered dresses fit for a princess.
Modern touches: Neon jackets, pastels backed by black.
Sheer panels and asymmetrical hemlines.
Plenty of bare shoulders.
Some of the looks were ever-so-slightly edgy.
That red number is fierce.
Different iterations of hard and soft.
In addition to the edge, there was a lot of classic Dior. The full-skirted gowns seem to float on air.
Imagine how much time and care it takes to appliqué tiny flowers on sheer tulle. Also — lilypads? Gorgeous.
More incredibly tiny floral details.
Petals and blossoms everywhere.
Click to enlarge and be amazed.
Sugary sweet confections for garden party gals.
Visions of spring.
Royal wedding, anyone?
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