Dior takes inspiration from Greek goddesses for spring 20 couture line

Dior took inspiration from Greek goddesses and feminist writing for its latest couture line.Creative director Maria Grazia Chiuri unveiled her spring/summer 2020 collection at the Musee Rodin as part of Paris Couture Week on Monday, with the likes of U…

Dior took inspiration from Greek goddesses and feminist writing for its latest couture line.

Creative director Maria Grazia Chiuri unveiled her spring/summer 2020 collection at the Musee Rodin as part of Paris Couture Week on Monday, with the likes of Uma Thurman, Tessa Thompson, Haley Bennett, Kristin Scott Thomas, Doutzen Kroes, Kat Graham, Natalia Vodianova, and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie all perched on the front row.

Keeping in line with the feminist spirit of her previous ranges, Chiuri themed the line around the idea of American artist Judy Chicago’s key question: “What if women ruled the world?”

“In opening herself up to other ways of thinking, Chiuri seeks to grasp the complexity of relationships between feminism and femininity. Mindful of the fundamental link between fashion and the body, she re-sculpts it, like a manifesto. The Female Divine, an installation specially designed by Judy Chicago for the garden of the Musee Rodin, at once serves as a sanctuary, a stage and a monumental artwork,” a Dior representative commented of the designer’s inspirations. “But above all. it represents a tribute to, and re-appropriation of, an ancestral power that goes beyond the idea of procreation. Chiuri highlights the vision of a pioneer, a founder of American feminist art, as the revivor of a triumphant, divine conception of femininity, mistress of her destiny.”

To open, a model walked the runway in a gold dress with interwoven fringe detailing, with the look accessorised with flat sandals. Chiuri then showcased a number of techniques influenced by ancient Greek clothing, including carefully draped tops, flowing dresses, and peplos-style tunics.

To emphasise the theme, the models had their hair braided and topped off with metallic headbands, while outfits were matched with heavy olive leaf-shaped bracelets and necklaces.

Elsewhere, highlights included a long gold coat featuring delicate floral embroidery, a light pink dress dotted with evil eye motifs, a red dress with a finely pleated skirt, as well as a one-shoulder white gown with tiered tulle skirt.

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Balenciaga returning to haute couture

Balenciaga is gearing up to reintroduce haute couture.The luxury fashion brand hasn’t produced a couture collection since label founder Cristobal Balenciaga, a master couturier and inspiration to the likes of Christian Dior and Coco Chanel, closed his …

Balenciaga is gearing up to reintroduce haute couture.

The luxury fashion brand hasn’t produced a couture collection since label founder Cristobal Balenciaga, a master couturier and inspiration to the likes of Christian Dior and Coco Chanel, closed his Paris-based atelier in 1968. Balenciaga died at the age of 77 in 1972.

However, current creative director Demna Gvasalia, who joined in 2015, announced on Monday that he will be bringing back the high-end range in July.

“Haute couture is the very foundation of this house,” the designer said in a statement. “So, it is my creative and visionary duty to bring couture back to Balenciaga. For me, couture is an unexplored mode of creative freedom and a platform for innovation. It not only offers another spectrum of possibilities in dressmaking, it also brings the modern vision of Balenciaga back to its sources of origin. Couture is above trends. It’s an expression of beauty on the highest aesthetic and qualitative levels.”

Georgia-born Gvasalia did not announce when or where he will unveil his debut couture line. Yet, it is likely to be aligned with Paris Couture Week, which takes place from 3 – 7 July.

And Cedric Charbit, president and chief executive officer of Balenciaga, is looking forward to seeing what the 38-year-old dreams up.

“It’s an honour to bring back the haute couture to the house, highlighting the heritage of Cristobal Balenciaga. This project was possible due to the success of the creative vision of Demna Gvasalia as well as the exceptional results of Balenciaga these past few years,” he shared. “Establishing a dedicated team and atelier replicating the original salons at the historical address 10 Avenue George V represents a strategic step in further expansions. Coming back to the haute couture that was left off by Cristobal Balenciaga in 1968 links the house’s past, present, and future.”

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Cher’s fragrance took four years to make due to her indecisiveness

Cher’s new fragrance took four years to create because she kept changing her mind during the process.The pop icon recently released Cher Eau de Couture – her first scent in more than 32 years – and explained that the process took more than four yea…

Cher’s new fragrance took four years to create because she kept changing her mind during the process.

The pop icon recently released Cher Eau de Couture – her first scent in more than 32 years – and explained that the process took more than four years because she kept changing her mind.

“I can’t say exactly why it took four years,” the 73-year-old told Allure magazine. “Nothing ever took me four years. I just knew when I had it. A few times, I thought I had it, but a few days later, I changed my mind. It was kind of like, you know it when you see it.”

Cher Eau de Couture is the Believe hitmaker’s second fragrance, her first being Uninhibited back in 1987. Featuring notes of bergamot, clove, jasmine, rose, sandalwood, vetiver, and vanilla orchid, the fragrance is a mixture of traditionally feminine and masculine scents.

However, Cher was keen to avoid giving her scent a gender.

“I don’t think in terms of genders. I didn’t specifically want to create a ‘genderless’ fragrance. I created it for people who like it. I’ve worn men’s fragrances,” Cher explained. “I wanted a heavy scent. Not that I wanted people to run out of the elevator, but I wanted to be sure it lasted beyond the first spray.”

Her new scent is influenced by her favourite smells and inspired by her mother – who was a big fan of Christian Dior’s Joy.

“I do love the smell of freshly cut grass. I used to do cartwheels and remember that smell really well. I love the smell of popcorn and pumpkin pie. My mom always smelled good. I know she sometimes wore Joy, but she guarded it like it was diamonds,” Cher sweetly recalled.

Cher Eau de Couture is now available for $85 (£66) on scentbeauty.com.

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John Galliano renews Maison Margiela contract

John Galliano will continue to serve as the creative director of fashion house Maison Margiela.The designer joined the Paris-based brand in October 2014 and has since gone on to build up a reputation for his avant-garde garments and deconstructed coats…

John Galliano will continue to serve as the creative director of fashion house Maison Margiela.

The designer joined the Paris-based brand in October 2014 and has since gone on to build up a reputation for his avant-garde garments and deconstructed coats.

Now, Galliano has confirmed he will be extending his contract with the label.

“I am super excited for this new chapter and grateful to Renzo (Rosso) for his belief in me and the vision for Maison Margiela,” he said in a statement.

While Renzo Rosso, president of Maison Margiela’s parent company, OTB group, added that he was impressed with the way Galliano had been steering the brand and believed it is now “the coolest cutting-edge couture house”.

“Five years ago, I believed that John was the only person who could take this house in his hands, and I am even more convinced of this today. John’s undisputed talent is only matched by his understanding of today’s generations, their way of thinking, their struggles, their dreams. And he is doing exactly what this Maison always did at its best – disrupt, innovate and inspire,” the executive praised.

Rosso added that Galliano has doubled the revenues at Maison Margiela since his arrival.

In particular, the 58-year-old has found success with his bag and sneakers, with the accessories business now equating to 60 per cent of total sales. And he is looking forward to seeing how new fragrance Mutiny, developed in conjunction with licensing partner L’Oreal, does in the coming months.

Previously, Galliano worked in senior roles at Givenchy, Christian Dior, and his own namesake label. But in 2011, he was dismissed from Dior after he was found guilty of making anti-Semitic remarks and sentenced to pay a total of $6,700 (£5,100) in suspended fines. Designer Bill Gaytten replaced him as creative director at the Galliano label.

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Karlie Kloss cried when she saw her Christian Dior wedding dress

Karlie Kloss was overcome with emotion when she saw her Christian Dior wedding dress for the first time.The model has shared a special behind-the-scenes video looking back at the making of her custom gown to celebrate her first year of marriage with Jo…

Karlie Kloss was overcome with emotion when she saw her Christian Dior wedding dress for the first time.

The model has shared a special behind-the-scenes video looking back at the making of her custom gown to celebrate her first year of marriage with Joshua Kushner.

“364 days later, the making of my beautiful wedding dress youtube.com/klossy,” she wrote alongside a black-and-white snap of her dress on Instagram.

The long-sleeved, lace gown was designed by Dior’s creative director Maria Grazia Chiuri – with input from Karlie herself – and took more than 700 hours of work to complete.

“When I was a little girl, obviously I always liked the idea of having a fairy tale wedding, but I never imagined I would have the chance,” the 27-year-old said in the video.

The footage shows the intricate process of the dress design, from the initial sketches she received to the first fitting in Paris and the final one in New York.

Karlie and her mother are visibly emotional when they see the gown for the first time in Paris, with the former Victoria’s Secret Angel openly weeping as she finally sees herself in the dress, which was made from delicate lace and had a long train and veil.

The blonde beauty wed Joshua on 18 October last year, and wore two gowns for the intimate celebrations which took place in Upstate New York.

Karlie also revealed that she wore flat shoes for her nuptials, because she wanted to “dance the night away, and I feel most happy in flats”.

Back in June, the couple threw a huge star-studded party in Wyoming to celebrate their marriage, with guests including Katy Perry, Orlando Bloom, Mila Kunis, Derek Blasberg, and Diane von Furstenberg.

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Cara Delevingne lands Dior jewellery campaign

Cara Delevingne is the new face of Dior’s fine jewellery collection, Dior Joaillerie.The 27-year-old will front the French luxury fashion house’s Rose des Vents campaign, which celebrates the 20th anniversary of the line, according to editors at WWD. …

Cara Delevingne is the new face of Dior’s fine jewellery collection, Dior Joaillerie.

The 27-year-old will front the French luxury fashion house’s Rose des Vents campaign, which celebrates the 20th anniversary of the line, according to editors at WWD.

Rose des Vents, which translates to “wind rose”, is inspired by brand founder Christian Dior’s travels and features star and rose motifs. The range, which also includes celestial imagery such as crescent moons, first launched back in 2015, and is designed by Victoire de Castellane.

Cara’s campaign, to be unveiled on Tuesday, was photographed by Alasdair McLellan and filmed by Caroline Gaimari.

In addition, the British model/actress is set to be the face of Dior’s youthful Oui jewellery line later this year and is currently promoting Dior’s Capture Youth and Capture Dreamskin skincare ranges, as well as the Dior Addict Stellar Shine lipstick collection.

Dior Joaillerie creative director de Castellane recently released the Rose Dior Pop line, which heavily features Dior’s favourite flower in a variety of bold-coloured pieces, including an 18-carat ring featuring pink and white gold, diamonds, pink sapphires, and pink lacquer priced at a whopping $27,800 (£23,000).

Despite being one of the most famous models in the world, Cara has recently been focusing on her Hollywood career, and can now be seen onscreen as Vignette in Amazon Prime’s fantasy series Carnival Row, alongside Orlando Bloom.

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Dior advocates for sustainability with tree-filled spring 2020 show

Dior has advocated for sustainability and the environment by holding its spring/summer 2020 show in an “inclusive garden”.Creative director Maria Grazia Chiuri unveiled her latest line for the French luxury label at the Longchamp Racecourse as part of …

Dior has advocated for sustainability and the environment by holding its spring/summer 2020 show in an “inclusive garden”.

Creative director Maria Grazia Chiuri unveiled her latest line for the French luxury label at the Longchamp Racecourse as part of Paris Fashion Week on Tuesday, with the spectacle attracting celebrities including Jennifer Lawrence, Julianne Moore, Isabelle Huppert, and Chiara Ferragni.

Teaming with members of the Coloco collective of botanists and landscape designers, Chiuri had the venue transformed into a garden, featuring 164 trees that will later be planted in the French capital, with the idea to turn the “ephemeral” nature of a fashion show into an event which will have a second life.

“We have to educate ourselves. I don’t know if we can arrive at a point where we can say we are sustainable. But I think we can do our best to impact less,” the designer told Vogue.com of her inspiration. “We have to be transparent with our audience. Fashion can do a lot, because it has the power to affect the choices of its audiences.”

The show kicked off with a model sporting a blue shirt, black and white romper, black worker boots and black woven hat, with the look referencing relaxed gardening attire. A range of beige dresses with botanical-inspired prints, loose jackets with large pockets, belted crochet numbers, and striped knitwear followed.

Partway through the presentation, Chiuri introduced several flowing chiffon dresses with delicate floral prints, denim separates, and touches of grey tie-dye, with the outfits matched with espadrilles.

Emphasising the theme even further, many of the models wore pigtail braids, evoking the hairstyle of 16-year-old Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg, while many of the floral designs on dresses and shirts were a nod to the work of brand founder Christian Dior’s sister, Catherine Dior, who had a passion for gardening.

To conclude the show, Chiuri had models parade the catwalk in tailored grey suiting, pretty white dresses with tiered skirts, and belted gowns that could also work for the red carpet.

Paris Fashion Week continues on Wednesday with shows from Lanvin and Mugler.

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Anna Wintour shades Melania Trump by dodging question about her style

Anna Wintour has thrown shade at Melania Trump by sidestepping a question about the First Lady’s fashion choices.During an interview on The Economist Asks podcast with Anne McElvoy, the Vogue editor-in-chief was asked what she thought about the 49-year…

Anna Wintour has thrown shade at Melania Trump by sidestepping a question about the First Lady’s fashion choices.

During an interview on The Economist Asks podcast with Anne McElvoy, the Vogue editor-in-chief was asked what she thought about the 49-year-old’s outfits during her recent state visit to the U.K with her husband, U.S President Donald Trump.

However, Wintour avoided the question and instead began talking about former First Lady, Michelle Obama.

“Well, I think first lady Michelle Obama really was so incredible in every decision she made about fashion,” she shared. “She supported young American designers. She supported designers, indeed, from all over the world. She was the best ambassador this country could possibly have – in many ways, obviously, way beyond fashion… To me, (Obama) is the example I admire.”

The 69-year-old Brit was also asked by host McElvoy if it was a “conscious decision” that Melania has not appeared in the fashion bible again since landing the cover of U.S. Vogue in February 2005, where she debuted her custom Christian Dior wedding dress.

“There are so many women in politics that deserve celebration, whether it’s Kirsten (Gillibrand) or Senator (Kamala) Harris or Senator (Elizabeth) Warren,” Wintour replied. “We just recently ran a piece in our current issue about five of the six political female candidates, all of which I felt deserved a place in Vogue.”

Her refusal to address Melania’s style is not surprising, as the fashion editor is a major financial donor to the Democratic Party in the U.S., and also organised fundraisers for both of Barack Obama’s presidential campaigns.

Michelle graced the cover of Vogue three times while her husband was in the White House – appearing in the March 2009, April 2013, and December 2016 issues.

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Maria Grazia Chiuri awarded France’s prestigious Legion d’Honneur

Maria Grazia Chiuri became tearful as she received France’s most prestigious award, the Legion d’honneur, on Monday.The Italian designer, who is the first woman creative director at the house of Christian Dior, was given the highest civilian distinctio…

Maria Grazia Chiuri became tearful as she received France’s most prestigious award, the Legion d’honneur, on Monday.

The Italian designer, who is the first woman creative director at the house of Christian Dior, was given the highest civilian distinction by France’s gender equality minister Marlene Schiappa during a star-studded ceremony following Dior’s fall 2018 couture show in Paris.

“I can’t believe it!” the 55-year-old exclaimed, as she was swarmed by well-wishers – including her husband and two children, photographer Ellen Von Unwerth, former employer Valentino Garavani and Bianca Jagger – at the French fashion house’s Avenue Montaigne headquarters.

Also in attendance at the reception was author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, who inspired Chiuri’s iconic “We Should All Be Feminists” slogan T-shirts.

During her speech, the visibly emotional designer urged young women to believe in themselves and follow their instincts.

“Even today I still feel like the curious girl who went to school in Rome to learn fashion design,” she said. “Receiving such an important honour in France, which represents fashion and culture, and from the hands of a woman like Marlene Schiappa, who expresses the most important values for me, is a new emotion.”

Crediting the Fendi sisters, Paola, Anna, Franca, Carla and Alda, for inspiring her to reach her goals and to support other women in fashion and business, she also thanked Bernard Arnault, chairman and CEO of LVMH – the luxury goods firm that owns Christian Dior – for allowing her free rein as creative director.

“Dior is a maison that represents femininity, and for this reason, I believe that my commitment is to make women aware of their potential, and I thank the maison that supports me to give a voice to women and their work. Their commitment can change the world,” Chiuri gushed.

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Kim Jones reimagined Christian Dior’s archive for modern menswear line

Kim Jones looked to Christian Dior’s archive for inspiration when creating his modern menswear collection. The British designer became creative director of Dior Homme in March 2018 after exiting Louis Vuitton, and immediately investigated the history o…

Kim Jones looked to Christian Dior’s archive for inspiration when creating his modern menswear collection.

The British designer became creative director of Dior Homme in March 2018 after exiting Louis Vuitton, and immediately investigated the history of the iconic French designer.

“I just really wanted to look at Christian Dior’s work, and what it would be relevant as in the 21st century, so to speak. I looked at the archive, and particularly the background of his life, because there’s a huge amount of things (that happened) before he was a couturier.

“All the time you find something new. I haven’t gone completely through it, but I wanted to find things that defined (him),” he said to SHOWstudio of the inspiration for his debut menswear line for Dior Men in June last year.

Going forward, Jones is keen to incorporate Dior’s passions into future collections as a tribute to one of the founders of fashion.

“For example, I looked at his love of nature – which is something I’m also really interested in – I wanted floral because there’s a huge amount of florals in his works,” he shared.

“The three things that (my collection) were based on was the tailoring, the couture element, and then the elegance of Christian Dior as a brand.”

During the lengthy interview, the London-born fashion star was quizzed about the influence of his former mentors – stylist Judy Blame, who passed away in 2018, the late Louise Wilson, who died in 2014, and Lee Alexander McQueen, who committed suicide in 2010.

The designer recently dedicated his guest-edited issue of A Magazine Curated By to his three friends, who he said he would’ve asked to contribute to the magazine had they still been alive.

“Lee and Louise are the two most important people. Louise gave me the confidence to go and do what I needed to do, and Lee was always there to say, ‘F**k ’em, go and do it, don’t listen to people, listen to yourself’,” he said.

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