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It shocked the fashion world in October when Dior’s latest star designer, Raf Simons, resigned. Many were baffled, since it came just a few months after the release of the highly-publicized documentary, “Dior and I,’’ which explored the Belgian-born designer’s beginnings at the iconic Parisian house.

Christian Dior’s first couture show since Simons left took place on Monday - designed, the house said, by “the studio.’’

A group of unnamed atelier designers came out at the end of the valiant job-well-done to take a deserved bow.

It was against the rather symbolic decor of 360-degree, identity-less mirrors.

Dior is currently searching for a new designer - their third in five years. Simons had replaced John Galliano after he was sacked amid controversy in 2011.

U.S. Vogue fashion doyenne Anna Wintour, former French first lady Bernadette Chirac and Chinese actress Liu Yifei were among celebrities on the pared-down front row of the show held in an annex inside the picturesque Rodin Museum gardens.

In the clothes, the “spontaneous, relaxed Parisienne of today’’ mixed with the iconic styles of the 1940s and 1950s.

High-cut postwar shoes with occasional retro ankle bows accessorized embroidered silk gowns in freestyle volumes - often with “sensual, bare’’ accentuated shoulders. A couple of flapper-style lace, chiffon and tulle look also evoked the joyful feeling of the 1920s - the period between the two World Wars.
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