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What could make the ornate, Beaux-Arts interior of Paris’ iconic Opéra Garnier even more exquisite? Ultra-luxe pieces from Dior’s pre-fall and fall 2013 collections, of course.
The Cannes Film Festival may be drawing the biggest names from Hollywood, Bollywood, and beyond, but the chicest place to be this weekend was undoubtedly an hour up the coast in Monte Carlo, where Raf Simons showed his resort collection for Dior Saturday night. Don’t believe us? Just ask the real-life princess in attendance.
If ever there were a match made in fashion heaven, Marion Cotillard and Christian Dior are it. While we’ve heard some doubts about whether Jennifer Lawrence or Mila Kunis have been quite the right fit for the brand, it seems like no one can deny the Gallic beauty’s sophisticated allure (and ability to shill Lady Dior handbags like nobody’s business). Plus, the technicolor lighting in this shoot is just amazing.
Raf Simons‘ second ready-to-wear show for Christian Dior walked today in Paris, which meant we were at our screens bright and early to catch the live stream of the hotly-anticipated event. In many ways, it was the perfect start to the morning: a breezy, upbeat collection blending pop art, surrealism, and the well-entrenched codes of the storied French house.
It’s safe to say that the Christian Dior execs who hired Raf Simons must be giving themselves a big pat on the back right about now.
As far as we’re concerned, the more Raf Simons gets his hands on, the better. So we were excited to learn that the Dior designer will be behind the costumes for Sigourney Weaver and Isabelle Huppert‘s upcoming film, Body Art.
Bejeweled lips: not a beauty look we thought we’d ever find appealing. And yet, at today’s Christian Dior haute couture runway show, Pat McGrath worked her magic on the parade of models, giving their pouts the kind of pizzazz usually reserved for the cocktail dresses on their backs.
Raf Simons is showing his second couture collection for Christian Dior today at 8:30AM EST/2:30PM CET. Watch the live stream of the runway show here!
We’re not sure at what point seeing Raf Simons‘ Dior looks on the red carpet will cease to give us a little jolt of excitement, but we haven’t reached it yet. Last night, it was Kate Mara‘s turn to give the Spring 2013 collection a whirl, at the premiere of the Netflix original series “House Of Cards”. Plus, see Scarlett in Dolce & Gabbana, Renée in Hugo Boss, and more!
We’re always ready to wax poetic about our love for Raf Simons‘ first ready-to-wear collection for Christian Dior, and Jil Sander‘s campaigns during the designer’s tenure at the house are minimalist perfection. So we’re sad to say this season’s Dior ads just aren’t doing it for us.
Raf Simons‘ next steps at the helm of Dior will be creating a concrete vision of the Dior woman and signature traits that are instantly recognizable, as well as turning the brand into something that people can wear every day, he said in an interview.
Last week, Women’s Wear Daily published several oddly-timed stories about Paris Fashion Week. One piece by Miles Socha compared Hedi Slimane‘s Saint Laurent debut to Raf Simons‘ Christian Dior ready-to-wear. The general verdict is that everyone loved Simons’ collection, while Slimane’s collection was well-reviewed by retailers, but not so much by critics like Cathy Horyn. Naturally, the crew at Saint Laurent Paris didn’t like the article, so CEO Paul Deneve sent in a letter to the editors at WWD.
Finally, some of the mysterious behind-the-scenes dealings surrounding the top spot at Christian Dior are coming out.
Jennifer Lawrence met Anna Wintour Sunday night at a swanky shindig for her new movie Silver Linings Playbook, but, being the down-to-earth girl that she is, Lawrence didn’t just play it off like it was no big thing.
Marion Cotillard continued her Dior domination at last night’s premiere of Rust and Bone here in NYC. At this point, we’re no longer surprised to see her wearing pieces from Raf Simons‘ couture and spring collections — it’s just a question of which ones.
After all of the guests filed out of the venue following Raf Simons‘ debut ready-to-wear-show for Christian Dior (many of them to return to their hotels to write glowing reviews, as it turns out), the designer sat down for a short interview explaining the direction he took this season for the house. Or should we say haus? The designer has quite a strong Belgian accent, you see.
We’ll admit we were pretty giddy with anticipation this morning as we watched the crowd settle down at Raf Simons’ first-ever ready-to-wear show for Christian Dior. Unfortunately, we were at our desks in New York rather than in the stark white box of a venue the brand set up on the Esplanade des Invalides in Paris, but that fact barely diminished our excitement. Between Twitter, Instagram, and livestreaming, there’s plenty to take in even if you’re 3,000 miles away.
If wearing Christian Dior Couture is one of the Perks of Being a Wallflower, consider us sold.
Rachel Weisz was the epitome of minimalist chic at the premiere of The Bourne Legacy in New York last night. She wore cool see-through shoes, understated jewelry, and a fitted black dress from Raf Simons‘s debut Christian Dior Couture show — making Weisz the second person to wear a piece from the collection on the red carpet. That lucky, lucky girl.