Meet Raf Simons’ New Dior Muse
For most people, a trip to the Dior store provides some luxurious retail therapy, but for model Sofia Mechetner, a fateful day at the label’s Avenue Montaigne boutique led to her career breakthrough. While shopping with her agent after a canceled photo shoot, Mechetner caught the eye of Raf Simons, who happened to be in the store on a whim. Captivated by the teenager’s serene beauty, Simons approached her to introduce himself and find out who represented her. Mechetner left enough of an impression on the designer that weeks later he enlisted Dior’s in-house casting team to track her down for the house’s couture presentation. Mechetner, who was born and raised in the Tel Aviv suburb of Holon, then flew to Paris to hit the runway for her very first show. During rehearsals, Simons and the Dior team provided reassurance and the thrilling news that she would be opening the show. «I found out that I was opening the show only two hours before—it’s a big honor, and I was just so happy and grateful», Mechetner exclaimed.