Is modern couture a thriving business? Sure, there are expensive certainties: spectacular structures, intricate embellishments, all exquisitely presented every January and July, but there are other pressing details, namely profits, that we don’t know too much about. But, if the fiscal first returns are any indication, Raf Simons is a thriving couturier at Dior. Cathy Horyn reported that sales of the designer’s first couture collection topped previous seasons, and WWD reported that the house saw double digit growth from the Fall 2012 Couture collection. Will his Spring 2013 Couture collection fare as well? Here, Simons has continued to evolve house codes, bringing inspiration from an early spring as a metaphor for rebirth. Heavenly construction laid the foundation for “a woman who dares to be different” according to the designer, as delicate beading and appliquéd blooms graced architectural skirts, bustiers, and gowns. Also in full bloom were the color combinations; fresh; a palette of sky shades, grass greens, and lilacs completed the ever dreamy and serene vision.