I'm mentally preparing myself to write things about all of the autumn/winter collections I like but, first, of course, Dior.
If Raf Simons' fashion ventures go tits up in the future, and if I make my millions from one of my numerous dreamt-up 'business plans' (examples include dog grooming parlour, fried chicken franchise, developing some sort of tarmac that never ices over), I will commission the man to decorate my home; his eye for colours is simply amazing. I love it when Raf does colour; his SS07 and SS11 collections for Jil Sander were two of my all-time favourites because of the brights. I would never wear them, because black is everything to me, though I wouldn't be averse to wearing one of the dresses to the sort of swank party I'll never be invited to. I'm not so keen on the tie-up detailing or the weird techno kitten-heel shoes, but I loved the layered dresses, the intricate embroidery and beading and the quilted pieces. The casual, t-shirt cut of one of heavily sequinned, full-length dresses gave an otherwise glamorous piece a sense of laid-back modernity, especially when worn with the sneaker-like, sporty heels that were sported throughout. Perhaps the lace-up details on the clothes also eluded to the idea of sportswear. Once again, a triumph for Simons, who is killing it every single time with his vision of the modern Dior-wearing woman.