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July 28 2014

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5 posts tagged "Dior Couture"

Designers Have Got Your Back

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Dior's Back DetailsAsk any red-carpet vet or model who knows her way around a pose. Nothing gets the flashbulbs popping quite like peering over the shoulder of a dramatic open-back gown. Lately, designers have been translating that idea to daywear, adding interesting details to the reverse side of looks that are guaranteed to turn heads in the streets. Alexander Wang’s debut Balenciaga collection included a slinky split-back number paired with a sporty bandeau top underneath, and feminine knots adorned the rear views of LBDs in the Resort lineups from Nina Ricci and Burberry Prorsum. On Raf Simons’ Dior Couture catwalk, meanwhile, all eyes lingered on the unexpected, contrasting straps that delicately crisscrossed the models’ jackets as they slunk back down the runway. Talk about a grand exit.

Here, a roundup of our favorite back details.

Meet Miss Dior: Jennifer Lawrence

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Jennifer Lawrence has officially joined the ranks of Natalie Portman, Marion Cotillard, Charlize Theron, Jude Law, and Sharon Stone, all who have served as Dior ambassadors. The actress, known for her roles in Winter’s Bone and The Hunger Games, is reportedly the face of the next Miss Dior handbag campaign. Lawrence (who was front-row at Raf Simons’ Dior Couture debut show back in July), however, admits she is “still getting up to speed on fashion” and says that in her daily life, she gets ready in just 15 minutes—impressive. She tells WWD, “I hate being overdressed so I normally find a way to ‘casualize’ anything too showy.” Watch out for her first Dior campaign (also her first collaboration with the brand) in the March 2013 magazines. Don’t expect to see a casual Lawrence there.

Photo: Terry Rice / Getty Images

The Only Way Is Ascot

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No hat, no entrance. Such are the rules of the Royal Ascot, the U.K.’s most prestigious horse race, sartorially and otherwise, and the functional English equivalent of the Kentucky Derby. Founded in 1711 by Queen Anne, the meet, which runs from June 19-23, attracts everyone from Liz Hurley to the Royals for five days of celebration, steeds, and, of course, spectacular headgear. “I couldn’t have imagined it in my wildest dreams. It’s sort of like heaven!” says up-and-coming English milliner Noel Stewart, who, along with Piers Atkinson, Charlie Le Mindu, J. Smith Esquire, and William Chambers, will showcase his hats at the races in the Stephen Jones-curated Headonism exhibition, sponsored by the Royal Ascot and the British Fashion Council. “It’s the highlight of a milliner’s year and crucially important from a business standpoint. It’s Christmas and Thanksgiving and everything else all rolled into one!” adds Jones, who, in addition to crafting a slew of Ascot hats, is in the midst of creating headpieces for Raf Simons’ debut Dior Couture show.

However, due to a few subpar skin-baring ensembles from years past, Ascot has tightened up its 2012 dress code. Fascinators have been banned in the Royal Enclosure, the race’s most exclusive viewing section (according to Ascot, they’re a “convenient way out” and not in line with formal daywear), and ladies must wear headpieces no smaller than four inches in diameter, as well as day dresses of “modest length” whose straps are at least one inch wide. (The powers that be have suggested the look at left as an example of race-appropriate garb: dress by Nicholas Oakwell, shoes by Bally, and hat by Stephen Jones.) Gents are required to turn up in a top hat and tails. “The new rules are about being more ‘English summer party’ than ‘pop star fleshy,’ ” says Atkinson, who designed a special Racing Collection (below), each hat from which adheres to Ascot’s regulations. His strawberries-and-cream-inspired toppers will be on sale at his pop-up shop at London’s Saint Martins Lane Hotel, open from today until the end of June. Continue Reading “The Only Way Is Ascot” »

Raf Simons: Don’t Call Him A “Minimalist Only”

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On Monday, the fashion world got the answer it had been waiting for—the long-vacant spot at Dior had been filled by Raf Simons. Since then, the question has been surrounding Simons’ strength as a minimalist and how that would fit in at a couture house like Dior. “I don’t think it’s wrong to call me a minimalist. It’s wrong to call me a minimalist only,” the designer tells WWD.

Though he wouldn’t reveal any details about what he has in mind for the future of Dior, he said he’s always been attracted to the midcentury period (Dior’s heyday), which included the “then-radical full-skirted New Look that Dior pioneered.” He also mentioned his admiration for the house’s founder and spoke to a mutual “penchant for plant life and the outdoors.”

“When I’m married to a house, I will fully embrace its original intention, its original heritage and meaning,” says the designer. “I’m interested in creativity, the evolution of creativity and the relationship between creativity and the times we live in.” Simons arrives in Paris today to begin work on his first Dior Couture collection, debuting in July. Until then, we wait.

Photo: Alexander Klein

Demarchelier’s Dior Book, Dita Designs A Capsule Collection, Heidi’s Halloween Costume Revealed, And More…

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The likes of Charlize Theron, Karlie Kloss, and Gisele Bündchen all appear in Patrick Demarchelier’s new Rizzoli book, Dior Couture. The beauties were photographed for the tome in pieces by Dior himself (from his first collection in 1947), as well as the designers that followed him, including Marc Bohan and John Galliano. [Vogue U.K.]

The queen of burlesque, Dita Von Teese, is debuting a capsule collection of dresses made of silk georgette, silk velvet, and tulle this week in Melbourne. The vintage-inspired collection will be in select stores around the world next year. [WWD]

Heidi Klum’s Halloween bashes are taking place in Las Vegas and New York this weekend and she’s already revealed what she’s wearing. In typical Heidi fashion, she’s got wacky looks in store: a human bodysuit and a monkey costume. [Huff Po]

Shoppers in the U.K. are feeling a little too in the dark at Hollister stores. They are complaining that the store is so dimly lit, they can’t read the sizes or the prices, and “you keep bumping into people or tables.” [Telegraph]

Photo: Courtesy of Rizzoli