We all adore new-look Dior! As Jessica Biel, Rachel Weisz and Marion Cotillard step out in Raf Simons' designs, who wears it best
19:09 GMT, 2 August 2012
It has only been a month since Raf Simons wowed the fashion world with his debut couture collection for Dior.
But already a lucky few A-listers have been given the chance to wear the critically-acclaimed creations on the red carpet.
Jessica Biel was the most recent. The actress fiance of Justin Timberlake attended the Total Recall premiere in Hollywood last night in a full-skirted number of the palest pink.
Pretty in pink: Jessica Biel was the third A-lister to step out in a creation from Raf Simons' debut couture collection for Dior at the Hollywood premiere of Total Recall last night
She follows in the footsteps of Rachel Weisz, who chose a slinky black strapless dress for the premiere of her new film, The Bourne Legacy, in New York last week.
It was Marion Cotillard, though, who had the honour of being first to wear a piece from the line at the London premiere of The Dark Knight Rises, just two weeks after we saw it for the first time on the catwalk.
Hers was probably the most interestingly styled too – the dress, which comprised of an almost-orange bandeau top and monochrome plaid pencil skirt, was worn with bright red courts and a co-ordinating clutch.
The effect was at once elegant and fun – a tough combination to pull off.
Check mate: Marion Cotillard had the honour of being the first to wear a piece from the collection, at the Dark Night Rises London premiere last month – and rocked it with bright red accessories and lipstick
Of course, the Dior couture look that most women will aspire to emulate is the one worn by Ms Weisz.
looked sensational in the slashed-to-the-thigh black dress, accessorised
with the most covetable arm candy of all: her 007 star husband Daniel
The only one of the three looks to have failed to win unanimous praise from style watchers is Jessica Biel's.
Keeping it simple: Actress Rachel Weisz looked sensational in her slit-to-the-thigh Dior couture dress and Christian Louboutin heels at the New York premiere of The Boune Legacy last week
Accessorize all areas: Ms Weisz had the most covetable arm candy of all: her 007 star husband Daniel Craig
The Tom Binns necklace, Jimmy Choo bag
and Louis Vuitton shoes all worked a treat, but as Miss Biel is somewhat
shorter than the average catwalk model, the dress fell slightly too
long, grazing her ankles instead of her calves.
Regardless of any doubt surrounding Miss Biel's look last night, Raf Simons' new Dior couture collection has won rave reviews.
The Belgian designer, 44, who was previously at
the helm of Jil Sander, succeeded John Galliano who was fired from the position last year after making anti-Semitic comments in a Paris bar.
Debut: It has only been a month since Raf Simons sent his first couture collection for Dior down the catwalk
Critical acclaim: Though Mr Simons had a tough act to follow in John Galliano, his collection has won unanimous praise from the industry, which has hailed his arrival a new era for Dior
Though Mr Galliano was widely condemned for
his behaviour, he is still considered a genius by his fashion industry
peers, making him a tough act to follow, however uncomfortable the idea.
Mr Simons' success heralds a different era for the label, however, and the 'New Look' phrase that is so synonymous with Christian Dior's debut collection in 1947 appears to have become relevant once again.