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Dior Walks the Red Square

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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.

Dior in Russia: then and now

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 in Russia in 1959

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.

Vika inside the pavilion

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” »

At Home With Christian Dior

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Renoir’s Roses Mousseuses and Christian Dior's 1956 Rose de France afternoon dress

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” »

Three’s A Trend: Western Promises

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Western wares from Dior, Chanel, and Ulyana Sergeenko

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.

Photos : Yannis Vlamos/ InDigital/ GoRunway (Christian Dior and Chanel); Marcus Tondo/ InDigital/ GoRunway (Ulyana Sergeenko)

Runway To Red Carpet: Show Some Skin

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Jennifer Lawrence, Rihanna, and Emma Roberts

This abbreviated week, stars turned out in snap-worthy wares that highlighted the age-old red-carpet friend—skin—in inventive ways. For example, in Mexico City on Monday, Rinko Kikuchi arrived at the premiere of Pacific Rim wearing a shoulder-baring Marios Schwab Fall ’13 gown. The night prior in Los Angeles, Nicki Minaj walked the BET Awards step-and-repeat in a Roberto Cavalli dress that resembled the designer’s Spring ’13 show closers. The sexed-up black number left little to the imagination, but it was still relatively tame for the oft outré Trinidadian.

Thanks to the star-studded Couture shows, the runway itself served as a red carpet this week. And there, too, we saw clever spins on skin. At Atelier Versace‘s Couture presentation in Paris on Sunday night, Emma Roberts wore an asymmetric white minidress from the house’s Fall ’13 ready-to-wear range. The clavicle-highlighting wedge at her right shoulder felt fresh. The next day, Dior darling Jennifer Lawrence appeared at the house’s Couture show donning a funky guipure-lace midriff top and wide-legged pants from Dior’s Resort ’14 offering.

And finally, pop goddess Rihanna hit Chanel’s Couture outing on Tuesday in a full-length cardigan from the brand’s Resort ’14 collection. Riri buttoned the sweater only at the midriff, consequently creating a thigh-high slit and navel-skimming plunge. She covered up partially here, though, with a few strands of Chanel pearls.

Photos: Getty Images

Runway to Red Carpet: High-Wattage Gowns and a Racy Duet

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Maggie Gyllenhaal, Sarah Jessica Parker, Naomi Campbell

Over the past few days, mega-starlets have walked red carpets in a multiplicity of wares from fashion’s heaviest hitters—an A+-list week, if we’ve ever seen one.

Last Thursday evening, Tilda Swinton attended the opening of Chanel’s Little Black Jacket exhibition in Shanghai. Draped in an all-white and finitely textured dress from the house’s Resort ’14 lineup, Swinton was spookily ethereal as ever.

On Monday, Sarah Jessica Parker (above, center) headed to the premiere of London’s new Charlie and the Chocolate Factory musical, donning a twinkling Marc Jacobs Resort ’14 dress. Also in the Big Smoke this week: Natalia Vodianova—resplendent in a Stella McCartney lamé, long-sleeve column, with a wooden clutch from the designer’s Fall ’13 collection, at the Saatchi Gallery’s Arts for Life charity auction (which Ms. Vodianova hosted along with Nadja Swarovski and Susan Hayden).

Stateside on Tuesday, Maggie Gyllenhaal (above, left) wore a Christian Dior Fall ’13 number to the premiere of White House Down in New York. The outfit—with its scrunchy peplum waist, scalloped bustier, and interlocking Deco-tinged skirt—balanced Dior’s Old Hollywood glamour with Raf Simons’ architectural flare. Out West in Los Angeles a few hours later, Naomi Watts arrived at the premiere of Ray Donovan in an eyebrow-raising Pre-Fall ’13 Alexander McQueen leather minidress. The bold frock, complete with a teardrop neckline, was definitely racier than the actress’s usual sartorial choices. And finally, back in London Town Wednesday night, another Naomi opted for an edgy option. At the L’Wren Scott-hosted Serpentine Gallery party, Ms. Campbell (above, right) was seen touting a David Koma Fall ’13 mini—complete with sheer shoulders, a banded waist and hem, and athletic sleeves.

Photos:Getty Images