Tag Archives: Christian Dior

Raf for Dior?

Raf Simons

Everyone from WWD to Grazia is reporting that Raf Simons is in talks with Dior. This seems odd. So many people have been reported to have been in talks with the company after Galliano got the boot. We’ve heard everyone from Ackermann, Tisci, to Elbaz, and of course, Marc Jacobs. This new pairing just doesn’t seem to fit. Don’t get me wrong, Raf’s designs are wonderful, but he’s first and foremost a menswear designer, and his work at Jil Sander doesn’t seem to mesh well with the Dior crowd, perhaps. Maybe we’re all used to John Galliano’s drama and excessive exuberance. I know Galliano’s designs have been said to be overdone and getting a little been there, done that, so why is it so hard to find a replacement?

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The Met Ball: Angela, Karlie, Raquel, Lily, and Jessica

Angela Lindvall  in Andrew Gn Pre Fall 2011 and Karlie Kloss  in Christian Dior were captured together at the Met Ball. While Lindvall looks forever youthful, we have to hand it to Kloss for bringing out her beauty and maturity. The cropped hair is also fresh.

Supermodel, Raquel Zimmermann, was ravishing in black, feathered Alexander McQueen with a McQueen clutch to match. If everyone stuck to the theme like Raquel, the night would have been that much more exciting and interesting.

Lily Donaldson wore a blue lace Erdem Spring 2011 dress and looked super chic. Many were worried about the gown, but she looked sexy with a touch of delicate beauty.

Last but not least on my model watch, Jessica Stam. I was surprised to see Jessica so prim and sweet in a dressed made for her by Tommy Hilfiger. She paired the saccharine tulle with a Chopard 50-carot diamond necklace. I found this unexpected for her, since she usually adorns herself in this street fashion, rock girl and it was definitely a lovely surprise.

*Doutzen, Natalia, and Gisele looked fabulous too, but everybody knows that already.

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Christian Dior Fall Couture

Karlie KlossChristian Dior Fall 2010 Haute Couture really has me excited. Galliano took the idea of florals and laid them out quite literally. Almost every model that strutted down the runway represented a different flower. My favorite comparisons are from Fashionista.com where they put the dresses side-by-side to the flowers they look like. Every gown, every piece are absolutely stunning.

Models such as Karlie, Stam, and Magda donned plastic wrap headpieces and raffia-tied waists had an array of colors straight from the garden on stunning fabrics from mohair to organza in various tedious techniques. Such whimsy. These are the pieces I’m dying to see worn on a red carpet. It would be an amazing sight for all.

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Flawless Louis Vuitton Campaign

Flawless. Veteran Christy Turlington, Karen Elson, and Natalia Vodianova head up Louis Vuitton’s Fall/Winter 2010/11 campaign and it is absolutely stunning. I love the line more than I did beforehand: the soft palette, the feminine silhouettes, the twill and interesting fabrics, that leather skirt, etc. The whole LV line is very reminiscent of Dior’s “The New Look” and let’s not forget those bags. I often find the normal bags with the logo tacky and boring, but these are exquisite. Much better than last season, Marc, even though I would have loved Lara again, you couldn’t have picked a better cast or have had a more interesting line.

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Haute Couture

I get a text from Emma last week at work asking me what couture meant. She told me not to laugh in her face, so I gave her the simple definition. Haute couture literally means “high sewing” and in a more broader sense, “fashion”, yet it nerves me and the people who are actually involved in the higher industry for it to be defined anything but “high sewing” and the French connection it has.

In France, the term haute couture is protected by law. Those that are a part and follow the strict guidelines of the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture, can call themselves haute couture. You must be a member essentially to be named that. The first couturier being Charles Frederick Worth in the 19th Century. Bringing back my class of history of costume. The term is widely misused with prêt-à-porter lines, which is just french for ready-to-wear and other high-art fields. I rolled my eyes at the show titled “Jersey Couture”, because none of the clothes are couture clothes, just the fact that they may be custom or whatever. I hate broad definitions. Haute couture is the top of the top of the fashion industry and sets standards that slowly flow down. Standards include:

– Design made-to-order for private clients, with one or more fittings.

– Have an atelier in Paris that employs at least fifteen people full-time.

– Each season (i.e., twice a year), present a collection to the Paris press, comprising at least thirty-five runs/exits with outfits for both daytime wear and evening wear.

Of course, you must be a member, but I’m not sure how they go about doing so. Some of the official members/foreign are:

Alexis Mabille

Anne Valérie Hash

Chanel

Christian Dior

Christian Lacroix

Dominique Sirop

Elie Saab

Franck Sorbier

Givenchy

Jean Paul Gaultier

Maurizio Galante

Stéphane Rolland

Thimister

Valentino

Of course there are correspondent and foreign members, but these are the people that create it and are members. The concept is a part of history for Paris and fashion, exclusivity, and the highest form of the art.

The more you know…

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