104 posts tagged "Dior"
Last night, Dior’s head of haute joaillerie, the ever-fantastical, ever-inspired Victoire de Castellane, celebrated the opening of her show Precious Objects at Gagosian’s Madison Avenue gallery. The exhibition, she explained, looked to the limits of the natural and artificial. “The idea is to show the extreme two possibilities that I can create: the more extravagant and the more maybe classical—because I play with precious stones like emeralds, diamonds, sapphires,” said the Parisian, who has been incorporating sculpture into her fine-jeweled creations since 2007. “It’s a mix of my inspirations, so it’s a mix of nature, of the feminine universe, of romanticism, and how we live together and how we manage to succeed to live together.”
This wide-reaching set of influences came together in a series of bright flora- and fauna-referencing baubles—pulled from the animalvegetablemineral collection and 2011′s hallucinogenic-inspired Fleurs d’excès range—that rested on raw geode sculptures. A blooming acid pink and emerald green flower holds a gold-encrusted diamond in Crystal Shocking Pink Baby, while a glistening, teal-blue snake wraps around a sparkling iridescent lacquer in Lunae Lumen Holly Colorum. Thanks to their magnetic color palette and whimsical, girly names—Honey Florem Peach Frutti, Lunae Lumen Glitter Blue, etc. —the pieces feel like an artist’s reimagining of nature fused with yesteryear’s Lisa Frank. “They are like little treasures!” exclaimed De Castellane from the side of the gallery. “It’s important to wear them like treasures,” she added of her artful, magical, and undeniably wacky creations. “I also wanted to show what happens when you don’t wear the jewels. It’s a bit ‘How to Enjoy Your Jewels When You’re Not Wearing Them.’ [Jewelry] is a language for me, and I want to continue to create, to express myself.”
Precious Objects will be on view through April 5.
Yves Salomon, the fourth-generation Parisian furrier known for supplying furs to such houses as Dior, Prada, and Louis Vuitton, may have been founded in the 1920s, but that doesn’t mean it’s strictly old school. Under its own name, the brand presents six lines designed by the Salomon clan’s youngest member, Thomas. These collections comprise everything from accessories to the top-of-the-range 245 Saint Honoré to the more accessible Meteo, as well as the “bobo” rive gauche classic Army Fur, military jackets, and beyond. Running a research and development studio, Yves Salomon works with more than a hundred different types of skins (think badger, marmot, mink, lynx, sable, fox, and chinchilla) and experiments with dyes, cuts, shears, and patterns for its signature light and elegant silhouettes.
For Fall ’14, Salomon wanted to present a “younger way to wear fur—something more irreverent, that can be worn with a cool attitude.” His favorite piece, a dusty gray mink coat with a brown mink cuff, raccoon hem, and shearling block-cut back, epitomized the Fall collection’s edgy vibe. Other standouts included a clever short-sleeved top in teal mink with a zip in the back, which could be worn back-to-front as a jacket, and a panther-patterned, ink-printed pony-calf coat with a belted waist. For those who favor the classics, Salomon offered a simply gorgeous red fox coat. But girls looking for something wild were well taken care of, too—a two-tone polka-dot burgundy-and-black mink and a teal-and-black fold-over clutch were particularly out of the ordinary.
Yves Salomon is stocked worldwide by Opening Ceremony, Harrods, Matches, and Browns London, among others.
While he hasn’t yet been at the house for two years, Raf Simons already has his own Dior documentary. Dubbed Dior et Moi and directed by Frédéric Tcheng (who also worked on Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel and Valentino: The Last Emperor), the flick chronicles Simons’ first couture collection for the storied brand, which walked down the runway in 2012. Seeing as the doc is set to debut at the Tribeca Film Festival in April, we’re curious to know if Chanel will be inviting the cast to its annual film fest bash.