77 posts tagged "Christian Dior"
Crusader is as much of a job descriptor for Vivienne Westwood as fashion designer. And among her agendas, no cause resonates more acutely than her crusade to fight climate change. For Spring ’14, the designer sent out models in plastered-and-fractured makeup at Vivienne Westwood Red Label, the effect of which she likened to animals being “trapped” in the headlights. One look, a strapless brocade dress in pale gold and lavender, topped a ratty T-shirt that read “Climate.” Here, the message rang loud and clear. Moreover, Westwood gave out pre-addressed postcards to U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, instructing editors to write down their own ecological apprehensions.
But Westwood wasn’t the only designer who expressed her environmental concerns this season. Christopher Kane showed metallic teardrop cutouts on dresses—”Sterilized petals,” he called them. He also offered diagrammatic outlines of botanicals, paired with blocky letters spelling “Petal” and “Flower.” His wares appeared to place a conscious emphasis on the synthetic over the natural. At Dior, Raf Simons printed slogans such as “Alice Garden” and “Primrose Path” along brightly colored numbers that seemed to suggest a kind of nuclear summer, mutated wisteria included.
Shifting from terra firma to the big blue sea, Kenzo‘s Carol Lim and Humberto Leon addressed the problem of overfishing: In addition to a few fun aquatic prints, there was a T-shirt that read “No Fish, No Nothing.” “The challenges facing our oceans are a global concern,” Leon told Style.com. “The shirt is an effort to help raise awareness through fashion’s strong voice.” A portion of the garment’s proceeds will go to the Blue Marine Foundation, which battles fish-stock depletion worldwide.
Oscar winner—and the face of Lady Dior—Marion Cotillard has been tapped to play Lady Macbeth in Justin Kurzel’s upcoming silver-screen interpretation of the Shakespeare tragedy. She’s reportedly replacing Natalie Portman—the face of Miss Dior Chérie—who was originally slotted to play the role. Coincidence or foul play? Either way, we think Raf Simons should take a stab at some tartan couture for the murderous Lady M.
Yesterday, Dior staged its second show in Moscow—the first having been held in 1959. Russian designer (and street-style maven) Vika Gazinskaya was there to experience the event firsthand. Here, she reports back from the Red Square and gives us the inside scoop on the opulent evening.
When Christian Dior came to Russia in 1959 to show his collection at Moscow’s GUM department store, the reaction was as if space aliens had landed. Russian women were still recovering from the horrors of World War II. Many of them had lost their husbands and sons, so scraping together money to buy high heels wasn’t exactly a priority.
Thankfully, those times are behind us. Moscow is quickly becoming a fashion capital, and yesterday, Dior returned to the city to restage its Fall ’13 show at the city’s most historic landmark, the Red Square. It was a celebration of beauty set inside a mirrored pavilion specially built for the occasion, not to mention the first time the Red Square has ever hosted a défilé.
Dior’s “space aliens” looked really shocking to the Soviet people in 1959. Our nation was still recovering from WWII, and building a “new era of communism,” in which there was no place for heels and beautiful dresses.
I was proud when I heard producer Alexandre de Betak say that he was impressed by the show’s set. V-Confession Agency, owned by Ksenia Tarakanova, built the mirrored pavilion in the Red Square. I loved the space, and I think my blouse matches well! Continue Reading “Dior Walks the Red Square” »
For all his love of the social whirl and grand parties, Christian Dior was a man who prized nothing more than a garden retreat. As a boy, he picked up a green thumb and his lifelong love of flowers from his mother, Madeleine, whom he helped landscape the gardens of his childhood home—a belle epoque villa called Les Rhumbs, in Granville, Normandy. Of this house, Dior wrote, “My life and my style owe almost everything to its location and architecture.”
And so it was that at the tail end of a Couture season brimming with parties, the house of Dior whisked a handful of journalists off by helicopter to Normandy to visit Christian Dior’s childhood home and get a sense of where it all started.
Set on a bluff overlooking the Atlantic and what could only be called a Dior-gray sky, the pinkish-hued Les Rhumbs appears much as it must have when Dior was young—minus the tennis club next door. The hedgerow labyrinth mentioned in Dior’s 1957 memoir, Dior by Dior, remains, as do the pergola and garden furniture he designed himself. The Dior family owned the villa until the thirties, when financial hardship forced them to sell the house and all its contents. The designer never returned there, but his spirit remains: The gardens opened to the public in the late thirties, and sixty years later, in 1997, Les Rhumbs became home to the Christian Dior Museum. Continue Reading “At Home With Christian Dior” »
Ah, the American West of old. It embodies an ideal that a trifecta of designers have tapped, perhaps unwittingly, in their Fall ’13 Couture collections. At Chanel, Karl Lagerfeld channeled tumbleweed towns with a quilted, three-quarter-sleeved gown (above, center). He upped the frontier factor with a geometric headpiece, which, intended to be an ode to Grace Jones, vaguely resembled an oversized, futuristic bonnet. Perhaps Lagerfeld was thinking about the house’s upcoming December 2013 Métiers d’Art show in Dallas.
Raf Simons paid homage to Millicent Rogers at Christian Dior (Rogers was a supporter of Mr. Dior), citing her “strong” and “cowboylike” American attitude as inspiration. A scarlet and midnight neck scarf shown with a black and blue separates look (above, left) screamed “outlaw.” And Ulyana Sergeenko—a woman from about as far away from Kansas as they come—offered a simple, almost colonial-era frock, complete with a strict, tied-off bonnet (above, right). Laura Ingalls Wilder would have appreciated it; however, if you’re in the market for one of these outfits, your house on the prairie probably ain’t so little.