The 2 Most Buzzed About Shows From Day 4 of Paris Fashion Week

Click through to see which shows got the most buzz on day four of Paris Fashion Week.
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Click through to see which shows got the most buzz on day four of Paris Fashion Week.
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Five days after Jennifer Lawrence fell in Dior, Raf Simons showed an Andy Warhol-themed collection for his second ready-to-wear show for the label. Critics were pretty dually impressed by the surreal-yet-wearable quality of his propositions--and those of fashion's former arch-conceptualist Hussein Chalayan. All makes sense when you consider it was Warhol who once said that "making money is art and working is art and good business is the best art."

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Chalayan Designer: Hussein Chalayan

  • "The two-in-one dress may have been less of a flash-bang-wallop moment than the big table and chair reveal of 2000. Journalists focused on their notebooks or Twitter feeds would have missed it altogether. But it was no less ingenious for all that." [The Daily Telegraph]
  • "The duality between concept and commerce was reconciled in twisted work wear pieces." [Dazed Digital]
  • "It was as if this collection was a reflection of his current state of mind: clear, strong, happy and sure of itself, based on years of experience and an archive practically bursting at the seams with potent ideas." [ELLEuk.com]
  • "Chalayan, whose link to Paris lies more in his willingness to push his own creative boundaries than in any historical reference, continued his quest to balance superbly constructed jackets and coats with a more conceptual side." [FT.com]
  • "'I'm on a trip in my own language, referencing past collections in new ways,' so said Hussein Chalayan backstage after his rip-roaring successful show this morning. And what a catalogue the British/Turkish Cypriot designer has to reference." [Grazia Daily]
  • "In his many shows, the designer has turned complexity into an art form. But this time he made things appear simple and it produced a powerful collection." [

    International Herald Tribune]

  • "Hussein Chalayan’s collection was smaller in scope, but sharp in its bite." [The New York Times]
  • "The show was starting to feel underwhelming. And that's precisely when the models started ripping their clothes off!" [SHOWstudio]
  • "Trust the laser intellect of Hussein Chalayan to give the concept of the 'pre-collection' a literal spin. The proposals he offered in January arrived fully formed on his catwalk today in a collection called Rise, with a transcendent sense of movement up, up, and away from a past that dogs him as fashion's arch-conceptualist." [Style.com]
  • "Chalayan has been reflecting on the merits of his own archive, and judging by his latest offering he’s finding fresh new ways to move his divinest moments forward." [Vogue.com]
  • "It was a controlled collection--and whether he likes it or not is bound to set a trend for super turned up turn-ups." [Vogue.com UK]
  • "The two-for-one styles were improbably commercial, and can double as a party trick when conversation stalls during cocktail hour." [WWD]

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Dior Designer: Raf Simons

  • "Simons made sure there was no shortage of classic Dior glamour." [AFP]
  • "The strongest show of the runway show season so far. Simons has found his groove, and what seemed in earlier collections like experimental ideas (the bustiers, the gossamer-like skirts) are now fully formed and done in an accessible way." [All The Rage/

    Los Angeles Times]

  • "This season was the supplest fusion so far of his minimalism and the house's ultra-femininity and curves." [AP]
  • "Delicately embellished." [The Daily Beast]
  • "Raf Simons was feeling a bit arty this season, so it seems, resulting in some quirky but still incredibly polished pieces." [Daily Front Row]
  • "This was an intelligent--and ravishing--distillation of Christian Dior's favourite signatures." [The Daily Telegraph]
  • "It is less than a year since Dior announced that he would take the creative reins, which is worth bearing in mind when you consider how powerfully he has asserted his imprint on the brand, how unmistakably ‘Raf’ Dior now is." [ELLEuk.com]
  • "Simons seems to have loosened up enough in his second Dior ready-to-wear season to start having fun with history." [FT.com]
  • "Further proof, if ever any was needed, that Simons is finding his own beautiful way." [Grazia Daily]
  • "Just five days after the blockbusting triumph of dressing Oscar winner Jennifer Lawrence for the red carpet, the house of Christian Dior on Friday scored an arthouse hit at Paris fashion week." [The Guardian]
  • "In 1966 Andy Warhol exhibited his Silver Flotations--floating silver helium balloons--at the Leo Castelli Gallery. Filling the show space with giant silver flotations of his own, today Raf Simons exhibited his second ready-to-wear collection for the house of Dior, and it was really an exhibition, in the traditional artistic sense." [i-D Online]
  • "Firmly shaking off his new boy label, Simons presented a beautiful collection which left the audience in no doubt that he is the perfect man for the post previously held by John Galliano." [The Independent]
  • "Perhaps the beating heart to all the excessive excitement was a black leather dress with a rose unfolding its petals on the rear. It was a precise reworking of a dress that Mr. Dior designed in 1949--but in rose pink satin." [International Herald Tribune]
  • "That Mr. Simons is able to pierce the strange membrane of time and memory, and make clothes of exceptional beauty and calm for today, is why he has the fashion industry’s attention. In a very real way, these clothes also appeal to many types of women." [The New York Times]
  • "The combination of the Warhol designs and the more reserved alternatives in this collection show Simons deftly serving both women looking to be identified with the brand in a heartbeat and those just looking for timelessly elegant pieces that put them at their best advantage." [NOWFASHION]
  • "Can only be characterized as pure, modern elegance." [POPSUGAR FASHION]
  • "If there was one clear message he was broadcasting, it was complete control." [Style.com]
  • "Magritte, Simons’s fellow Belgian, would have been proud." [Vogue.com]
  • "With the three previous collections that Simons has created for the house (one ready-to-wear, two couture), he has put his building blocks in place and now with this collection he is very much building on them." [Vogue.com UK]
  • "Andy Warhol would have surely approved of the use of his shoe illustrations on Dior's diaphanous dresses and newfangled bags." [Wmagazine.com]
  • "Raf Simons is showing more of himself at Dior, and the view is splendid." [WWD]