By  on November 19, 2012

PARIS — If fashion were figure skating, therefore partly subject to artistic judgment, Raf Simons would likely have scored higher overall marks for his ready-to-wear debut for Dior over Hedi Slimane’s for Saint Laurent during Paris Fashion Week—at least among reviewers.

Critics were smitten with Simons’ futuristic takes on Dior’s iconic “bar” jacket and flower shapes, whereas reviews for Slimane’s reverential treatment of smokings (tuxedos) and bohemian dresses were comparatively tepid.

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