Sunday, 21 August 2016

Miss Dior Absolutely Blooming | The New Fragrance


Miss Dior Absolutely Blooming. The new fragrance by Dior starring Natalie Portman. Absolutely floral, absolutely delicious. Made with exceptional roses from Dior Domains in Grasse.
"Un peu, beaucoup ... Absolutely!"
















GRASSE AT THE HEART OF DIOR FRAGRANCES 

The House of Christian Dior and the House of Louis Vuitton, open an exceptional hub of creation, Les Fontaines Parfumées, in Grasse, South of France. François Demachy, Dior's perfumer-creator, will conceive the fragrance of tomorrow just a few miles from Le Château de La Colle Noire, Christian Dior's house, where it all began.





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Direct after the Paris Haute Couture Week, on 7th July the house of DIOR was delighted to announce Ms. Maria Grazia Chiuri as the new artistic director of women's haute couture, ready-to-wear and accessory collections. Maria Grazia Chiuri leaved her role as Co-Creative Director after 17 years with Maison VALENTINO and 8 in her role as Co-Creative Director. 
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Tuesday, 16 August 2016

Paris Haute Couture | J. Mendel Fall 2016 Couture


It was a homecoming for Gilles Mendel last month during Paris Couture Week, where the House of J. Mendel presented their 1st ever Haute Couture collection. The Frenchman left Paris for New York in the 1980s and he’s built his business there, but it’s been a long-held dream of his to come back to do a show.

Gilles was visibly thrilled backstage, explaining that his first ever couture collection was a bridge of sorts between the two places. Keith Haring was an artist famous in New York’s ’80s downtown scene, and riffs on his signature energetic squiggles formed the basis for graphic beaded patterns on evening columns. Paris was represented by its familiar geometric maps: broad boulevards meeting up with circular roundabouts, narrow streets intersecting with geometric park spaces. Both references were subtle enough to not be too obvious. As a rule the collection was better when Mendel used a lighter touch. Hand-stitched labels featuring the Empire State Building or Paris in block letters were a nice detail.








Mendel is a furrier, like his father was. This being a Fall show, there was naturally quite a bit of the stuff here. The first dress was made from small and smaller squares of shaved mink embroidered into Haring-style swirls and stitched together into a grid. Mendel used the same grid technique for the floor-scraping black coat and the white jacket that followed. They were exquisite and extravagant. They won’t necessarily keep you warm: In Mendel’s universe, that’s not really the point. Stitching fur to tulle, he created peekaboo evening coats through which the sequins and beads of his party dresses shone. Other furs were bisected with long rows of functioning brass buttons. Sleeves peeled off shoulders in a timely, if somewhat ungainly style. Still more furs were misted with liquid gold, so they looked burnished. Mendel’s enthusiasm may have gotten the best of him in some cases. The standout of the bunch was among the most understated, a short jacket in Russian broadtail with gold bead embroidery.

Discover the J. Mendel Autumn/Winter 2016/17 Haute Couture collection & runway show at the end of this post - enjoy! LoL, Andrea




































 Gilles Mendel





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Photo Credit/Source: The House of J. Mendel
Photography by Marcus Tondo / Indigital.TV

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'Legends and Fairytales by FENDI Haute Couture'

Last July, Fendi marked Karl Lagerfeld’s 50th year at the Italian house with a Paris haute fourrure show. The designer is famously averse to birthdays and anniversaries “I don’t look back,” he’s fond of saying but the house wasn’t going to let a milestone like its own 90th slip by quietly. With the couture shows wrapping up in Paris, Fendi shuttled guests by chartered plane to Rome for another haute fourrure show last month.


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presentation in Rome via @andreajankeofficial




Monday, 15 August 2016

Paris Haute Couture | DIOR Fall 2016 Couture


Since Raf Simons quit Christian Dior so suddenly last October, the two heads of the inhouse design-team Lucie Meier and Serge Ruffieux, who stepped up to caretake the design direction, have been managing it with unflustered aplomb. The potential for things going terribly wrong was high, but they didn’t revert to a paralyzed dullness in the face if the enormity of the task, or resort to an unhappy repetition-by-rote of what Simons had been doing. The Fall/Winter couture collection was a typical example of their non-uptight approach to producing what a youngish woman might want to buy from Christian Dior a feminine but, thankfully, not jolie madame collection in black and white.







Inevitably, it was loosely based on the silhouette of Christian Dior’s 1947 New Look Bar jacket and crinolined skirt, but without anachronistic corseting or frothy tulle petticoats. Instead, the impression was of relaxed black taffeta dresses, a concentration on full skirts, tops flowing out to traily trains, and smatterings of gold and silver embroidery. The official line was that the collection was meant to emphasize the work of the Dior ateliers the part of the house that provides the continuity of skills crucial to a couture house, no matter which designers are coming and going.

To tell the truth, this season didn’t showcase their abilities particularly well, as the unfitted nature of the collection and the flat Roman sandals made the whole seem more like clothes a young girl would take off on holiday than grand occasion-wear. That, of course, is understandable when the designers in charge presumably have little experience of the worlds that wealthy clients actually inhabit. To take the possibilities of haute couture to truly soaring heights requires the insights of someone who knows both the techniques and the lifestyles inside out.




Before the interregnum of Meier and Ruffieux ends, it behooves the wider industry to acknowledge that this pair of Swiss nationals, thrown together in the Sturm und Drang of a house emergency, managed this difficult moment well.

Direct after the Paris Haute Couture Week, on 7th July the house of DIOR was delighted to announce Ms. Maria Grazia Chiuri as the new artistic director of women's haute couture, ready-to-wear and accessory collections. Maria Grazia Chiuri leaved her role as Co-Creative Director after 17 years with Maison VALENTINO and 8 in her role as Co-Creative Director. 
Discover the entire DIOR Autumn/Winter 2016/17 Haute Couture collection & runway show at the end of this post, and my special DIOR collection with more than 170 newest editorials on Google+ by ANDREA JANKE << please click here - enjoy! LoL, Andrea
































 Serge Ruffieux and Lucie Meyer




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Photography by Alessandro Garofalo / Indigital.TV


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"Paradise is here." - Christian Dior
Callian, Montauroux, Le Lavandou, Saint-Tropez and Saint-Raphaël… Christian Dior had always been inspired by the sunny charms of the French Riviera. It was like a faithful mirror, a sister land that reflected and nourished his sunny soul.




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A few of the quainter ones were being trotted out by the natives who had boarded “The Dior Express” as it chugged through the Oxfordshire countryside, bound for Blenheim Palace May 31st (see my Instagram-story @andreajankeofficial direct from the show). It was bucketing down, pelting, chucking it down, raining cats and dogs doing everything in its power, in fact, to rain on the grand, sweeping country house location of Dior’s Resort show.






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