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Couture shows so often live in a world of fantasy–a world that we love to immerse ourselves in, but can sometimes be hard to draw true inspiration from.  But we are absolutely loving Raf Simon’s Spring Couture show for Dior.  In the man’s own words: “I wanted it to literally be about the season; to be about the very idea of spring.”

The collection embraced the concept of spring both literally and figuratively.  What is more spring than floral?  Simons brought forth designs of exuberant flowers — whether in their natural state popping out as 3D embellishments, patterned into the fabric itself, or bursting from the very form and silhouette of his creations.

This lovely tea length gown reminded us of a modernization of Julia Roberts’ famous Valentino from the ’01 Oscars.  We love the  youthful cut,  lighter fabric and color, and the whimsical stem-like pattern.

Floral bustier?  Yes please!  We love the combinations of soft and hard in this look that tows the line between girlie and sexy.

The 3D applique of petals makes this model look like a walking flower.  A more daring gal may even try the top solo to show off her own stems.

This gown is formal without being stuffy.  The miniature flowers on the cutout keeps it sultry instead of slutty.

One of our favorite looks from the collection, #37, turns up the notch on every lady’s closet staple – the LBD.  The colors are really season agnostic, with tights this would be New Year’s appropriate with the sparkle bringing flirty fun to the look.  Bare legs and the look is still appropriate for warmer weather.  A look that transcends seasons?  We love it!

If only we had a reason or place to wear this beautiful ball gown!  We love the way Simons took the concept of the flower and applied it in more than one interpretation for this look. The silhouette reads like a beautiful flower, and the floral detail on the T-like sleeves makes the ball gown look comfy and elegant at the same time.

Just beautiful! The shape mirrors the petal pattern on this beautiful ball gown.  We love the way that the fabric seems to jump out as multidimensional.

Another look where Simons proves once again Couture doesn’t have to be stuffy.  This lovely trumpet shaped gown looks effortlessly chic, while still maintaining a friendly approachability.

What did you think of the collection?  Let us know!-L