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New Christian Dior Creative Director Raf Simons made a clear statement of his tastes and his intention to integrate them into the venerated house of Dior for Spring 2013. If you didn't know Simons was a huge David Bowie fan, you do now. The beauty look recalled Bowie's famously flamboyant looks, but in a more more sedate, more Dior interpretation. The musical choice of Shubert was also a nod to Bowie's vampire movie The Hunger.

Appropriate because Simons' Dior girl is hungry. Strong black pant and skirt suits started off the collection in a much more professional manner than that which we are accustomed. But it wasn't all business. A play on suiting saw blazers reimagined as dresses with flippy, pleat-detailed skirts.

Some of my favorite pieces came in a short interlude of brights - neon yellow, red and pink in beautifully draped but still sleek fabrics paired with black skirts or shorts. This was how I'd like to see the 80s reinterpreted for a new generation.

Volume was definitely concentrated on the lower half, in swingy A-line dresses and skirts. Shapes were more relaxed and perhaps the Dior woman is too. The major themes we're used to seeing on the runway were used more as accents than tone-setters. And this was a terrific way to hold on to the past while allowing Simons to set his own tone.

Was this one of the more beautiful Dior collections in recent memory? No. But it was enough to give us confidence that the house is in good hands.