Tuesday, 27 October 2015

The New Lady Dior Campaign


Oscar-winning actress Marion Cotillard, playing the role of Lady Macbeth in the Justin Kurzel film Macbeth which comes out in France on November 18, is the face of the new Lady Dior bag in the latest ad campaign by photographer duo Mert & Marcus.





For this new Lady Dior advertising campaign, photographer duo Mert & Marcus, renowned for their collaborations with Vanity Fair and Vogue Paris, capture Marion Cotillard in the intimate atmosphere of a bedroom, for a series of photos, as well as a behind the scenes video that you can discover later today. House muse since 2008, the Oscar-winning actress, sublime in a black dress with geometric décolleté from the cruise 2016 collection presented last May at Palais de Bulles, lounges in bed while surrounded by floral blooms and satin sheets. The 40-year-old French star poses in a body-hugging black dress alongside the Lady Dior bag decorated with a silver emblem. Finishing the look, Marion wears a smokey eyeshadow look and retro-inspired curls, unveils the new models of Lady Dior in turn. The emblematic House accessory comes in crimson red as well as a new-era metallic cannage.

Enjoy the 'Lady DIOR' campaign video at the end of this post! LoL, Andrea







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Raf Simons is leaving his role as artistic director of women’s haute couture, ready-to-wear and accessory collections at DIOR, the French luxury fashion house announced last Thursday. According to Dior, Simons “reached this decision for personal reasons.” The designer’s Spring/Summer 2016 collection, presented in Paris last month, was his last for Dior and marks the end of his three-and-a-half year tenure at the house. Simons’ successor has yet to be identified, but the search for a replacement has begun, according to market sources.






Monday, 26 October 2015

Raf Simons Is Leaving DIOR


Raf Simons is leaving his role as artistic director of women’s haute couture, ready-to-wear and accessory collections at DIOR, the French luxury fashion house announced last Thursday. According to Dior, Simons “reached this decision for personal reasons.” The designer’s Spring/Summer 2016 collection, presented in Paris last month, was his last for Dior and marks the end of his three-and-a-half year tenure at the house. Simons’ successor has yet to be identified, but the search for a replacement has begun, according to market sources.
“It is after careful and long consideration that I have decided to leave my position as creative director of Christian Dior’s women’s collection,” Simons said in a one-page statement released by the company. “It is a decision based entirely and equally on my desire to focus on other interests in my life, including my own brand, and the passions that drive me outside my work.”



Those interests include Simons’ eponymous fashion house, which is expected to continue showing its collections in Paris. Simons, 47, made the decision to leave Dior after he and the company failed to reach an agreement on a new employment contract, though the parting was amicable, according to sources.
Simons’ statement continued:  
“Christian Dior is an extraordinary company, and it has been an immense privilege to write a few pages of this magnificent book. I want to thank Mr. Bernard Arnault for the trust he has put in me, giving me the incredible opportunity to work at this beautiful house surrounded by the most amazing team one could ever dream of. I have also had the chance over the last few years to benefit from the leadership of Sidney Toledano. His thoughtful, heartfelt and inspired management will also remain as one of the most important experiences of my professional career.”

Bernard Arnault, chairman and chief executive officer of LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton and Christian Dior SA, and Sidney Toledano, chief executive officer of Christian Dior Couture, “very warmly thank him for his exceptional contribution to the house,” read the statement. Neither the designer or executives at the brand made comment beyond the one-page statement, released after close of trading on the Paris stock exchange. Simons, who joined Dior in 2012 after a seven-year stint at minimalist fashion label Jil Sander, brought an intellectual, art-infused vision to the house, drawing on his menswear roots to create modernist designs that are said to have resonated with customers. Toledano recently told French newspaper Les Echos that Dior Couture had seen a 60 percent growth in revenues since 2011.

This news is the second shock exit at Dior in recent years, after the designer John Galliano was discharged in 2011, having been filmed making anti-Semitic remarks while inebriated in a Paris bar. The episode brought to the fore concerns about the increasing pressure faced by those in top creative roles at fashion’s luxury megabrands, a concern Simons seemed to share before what was to be his last collection for Dior.
"I’m questioning a lot,” Simons told press before the brand’s show on October 2nd. “I feel a lot of people are questioning. We have a lot of conversation about it: Where is it going? It’s not only the clothes. It’s the clothes, it’s everything, the Internet.”
The departure is sure to kick-start fierce speculation about who will be next in line to take on one of the most prestigious creative roles in the fashion industry. As for Simons, his next move remains unknown, though the designer may be restrained by a non-compete clause, typical in this kind of role, that would temporarily prevent him from working for rival companies.





Enjoy the entire collections & fashion shows-coverage of Raf Simons for Dior!  

LoL, Andrea 


'Victoriana-Nightdresses by DIOR Spring/Summer 2016 RTW'



Raf Simons' 1st Haute Couture presentation for Fall/Winter 2012:
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Simons, however, is a designer who likes to layer and layer his reference points in ways that are wholly of our time; watching them unfold as you sit through one of his shows is like scrolling through Instagram; past and future, high culture and pop culture, the avant-garde and the street, all flowing together to bring you to only one placethe present. For him, then, couture of today can be created from the artful manipulation of whatever inspires him, regardless of time or place or cultural standing.







Sunday, 4 October 2015

Victoriana-Nigthdresses by DIOR Spring/Summer 2016 RTW


There were mountains of delphiniums (400.000) shipped in to decorate the Dior tent and mountains of people clogging the Rue de Rivoli entrance, jostling for a glimpse of Rihanna. Inside, there was Raf Simons backstage, talking about keeping things simple and quiet:
"It’s a calm one, and very softaway from the overdone. I didn’t want to embellish. So I was thinking about the South of France rainbows and the simple things. And there’s a bit of Victoriana: something of that film Picnic at Hanging Rock. With a slight sexual undertone of darkness.”








Simons can lay reasonable claim to have been the one to start both the current Victoriana-nightdress trend and the intergalactic astronaut trends that are running through so many collections this season he proposed both themes in his Spring 2016 ready-to-wear show. But part of the responsibility for helming a behemoth brand like Christian Dior is filling stores with daywear for women who like feminine things rather than conceptual clothes, and this season he attended to servicing it.

His solution was to pair scallop-edged handkerchief cotton dresses, little shorts, and bodices with black tailoring. The jackets softened from the corseted New Look hourglass skimmed the body and broke into bands of micro pleats at the hem, a masculine-feminine merge suggesting the techniques that went into the trains of Victorian and Edwardian dresses. The sexual undertone? Not so much in the clothes as at the necks, which were bound with tight scarves and chokers, each carrying a single jewel and dangling a metal tag, some of which read 1947, the date of Dior’s revolutionary New Look collection. In terms of fashion, though, there was nothing very disturbing or challenging in any of this. Deliberately so: In a season where many collections have apparently neglected to remember that there might be warm weather in 2016, Dior is one place where fresh summer options will be found.

Enjoy the DIOR Spring 2016 runway show at the end of this post! LoL, Andrea 



















































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There were swaggering Wall Street double-breasted coats, long and loose and cut from burgundy or green wool, thrown into the mix, too. Sometimes those coats cloaked the other story going on: Simons’s development of what he started with his brilliant haute couture show this past January & July. That might mean there would be more of the Veruschka-esque jacquard body suits underneath, now patterned with Simons’s idea of a futuristic, abstracted animal print.


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