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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Mica Arganaraz is the new face of Christian Louboutin Beauty

Argentine model Mica Arganaraz has been named as Christian Louboutin Beauty’s new global brand ambassador.The catwalk star has walked for some of the biggest names in the business, including Tom Ford, Christian Dior, and Chanel, as well as posing in ca…

Argentine model Mica Arganaraz has been named as Christian Louboutin Beauty’s new global brand ambassador.

The catwalk star has walked for some of the biggest names in the business, including Tom Ford, Christian Dior, and Chanel, as well as posing in campaigns for the likes of Gucci and Alexander McQueen.

She can now add beauty ambassador to her impressive resume, after being tapped by French shoe designer Christian Louboutin’s cosmetics brand.

“Mica possesses a very unique and intriguing kind of beauty. She’s modern, she’s creative, she’s tomboyish yet feminine… There are so many facets to Mica that make her the perfect global brand ambassador for Christian Louboutin Beauty,” Louboutin said in a statement.

Sharing the news on her Instagram page, along with campaign footage, the 26-year-old said she was honoured by the appointment.

“This new adventure allows me to encourage other women to find what makes them feel beautiful and share it with the world,” she added. “Red. Always. #LouboutinBeauty.”

The official Christian Louboutin Beauty account also uploaded a post welcoming their newest recruit.

“Christian Louboutin Beauty proudly reveals its new global brand ambassador, @Micarganaraz… Meet the many facets of Mica that make her the perfect incarnation of Christian Louboutin Beauty.

#LouboutinBeauty #ChristianLouboutin,” they wrote.

Louboutin, who’s famous for his red-soled shoes, launched his beauty brand in 2014, two years after he partnered with Batallure Beauty on a range of nail lacquers. He has since extended the line with lipsticks and perfumes.

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Grace Kelly’s wardrobe to go on display at Christian Dior Museum

Grace Kelly’s wardrobe is set to go on display at the Christian Dior Museum, located in the designer’s family home in Granville, Normandy.Opening on 27 April (19), the Grace of Monaco, Princess in Dior exhibition will feature more than 85 dresses fro…

Grace Kelly’s wardrobe is set to go on display at the Christian Dior Museum, located in the designer’s family home in Granville, Normandy.

Opening on 27 April (19), the Grace of Monaco, Princess in Dior exhibition will feature more than 85 dresses from Kelly’s personal wardrobe, as part of a showcase dedicated to her close relationship to the house of Dior.

The Hollywood icon famously chose to wear Christian Dior as she entered into Monegasque royalty, following her marriage to Prince Rainier III in 1956.

She had previously appeared in a Dior gown at her engagement ball earlier that year, and wore a haute couture creation from Christian Dior’s fall 1956 collection in her first official portrait as Princess Grace of Monaco.

Fashion historian Florence Muller, who also curated the exhibition, was allowed unprecedented access into the Monaco Palace’s archives, and revealed that one-third of the Rear Window star’s covetable wardrobe was Dior garments.

“Grace Kelly’s relationship with the maison Dior reveals the central place the house occupied in fashion at the time,” she reflected. “(Creative director) Marc Bohan perfectly understood her role: she needed to be stylish, but respectful of etiquette.”

The exhibition will showcase a selection of the star’s publicly-worn haute couture dresses, alongside a private wardrobe of shirtdresses, tweed suits and clean-cut blouses.

Muller went on to consider the blend of public and private that the actress-turned-royal represents, and insisted that she was the first royal of her kind to be so accessible to the public.

“Before Grace of Monaco, royalty remained a private affair: princesses weren’t seen in public as much, or photographed by the press,” she explained. “She represents a moment of change of etiquette, a real rupture.”

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Kim Kardashian once stole a pair of Dior sunglasses

Kim Kardashian has admitted that she and her sister Khloe Kardashian once stole a pair of Dior sunglasses while on vacation in Hawaii.The Keeping Up With the Kardashians star recalled the escapade during an interview with Bustle, and claimed that the p…

Kim Kardashian has admitted that she and her sister Khloe Kardashian once stole a pair of Dior sunglasses while on vacation in Hawaii.

The Keeping Up With the Kardashians star recalled the escapade during an interview with Bustle, and claimed that the pair were in an empty Dior store when Khloe first spotted the pair of rimless glasses.

Detailing the “really funny” story, the 38-year-old confessed that her sister picked up the glasses and the pair walked out of the empty store with the coveted eyewear.

“We were in Hawaii and there was this Christian Dior store and no one (was working) there. Like, it was (in) the wild… just an empty store,” the star laughed. “Khloe really wanted the Dior sunglasses, so she took them and we walked out.”

While the reality star acknowledged the siblings’ wrongdoing, she continued to gush over the sunglasses, and admitted they are still in her collection.

“These sunglasses were everything,” she enthused. “I still have them to this day and they were so much fun. So cute. That was so funny. I think the (employee) must have gone to the bathroom or been in the back by herself on a Sunday.”

Last week (ends07Apr19), Kim revealed her debut collection of sunglasses, after collaborating on them with eyewear brand Carolina Lemke.

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, the fashion mogul admitted it was actually her own needs that prompted her to turn her hand to sunglass designing.

“I was really inspired by vintage ‘90s styles. To me, (they’re) classic,” the star reflected. “And definitely the beaches all around the world and seeing all of these bikini moments I want to have and I don’t have the perfect sunglasses to go with them.”

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Raf Simons discusses post-Calvin Klein plans

Raf Simons has spoken about his post-Calvin Klein plans for the first time.The Belgian designer started his career in furniture design, before launching his namesake menswear label and later going on to land creative director roles at Jil Sander, Chris…

Raf Simons has spoken about his post-Calvin Klein plans for the first time.

The Belgian designer started his career in furniture design, before launching his namesake menswear label and later going on to land creative director roles at Jil Sander, Christian Dior, and the American fashion house.

However, Simons abruptly parted ways from Klein in December (18) after a two-year stint, and in a new interview with The Guardian, he has shared how he is now focused on his eponymous brand and collaboration with Danish textile company Kvadrat.

“It frees you up if you go and do something different,” he said of the Kvadrat/Raf Simons collection, which is comprised of upholstery, cushions, and throws, and his other upcoming projects. “But also, I’ve never officially defined myself as a fashion designer, maybe because I didn’t study it.”

Simons did not comment directly on his exit from Klein, with the company now undergoing a major revamp and shifting focus from high-end fashion and runway couture to denim and underwear.

Yet, the fashion star indicated in the chat that he didn’t miss the fast pace of the house and the responsibility of overseeing collections throughout the year.

“(Fashion has) been changing since the ’90s,” the 51-year-old commented. “In the past, a designer made a collection and presented it to a small audience of professionals, then one picture appeared in a magazine, and months later the clothes came to the shops. Oh my God, the desire that created! Now everyone sees the runway show right away, and by the time the clothes are available, people have moved on to something else. This fast communication, it’s exciting but it can be dangerous, too. Damaging.”

In addition, Simons noted that he is expanding his art collection and is considering setting up his own public museum.

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Natalie Portman’s work with Dior has inspired her to wear red lipstick

Natalie Portman’s partnership with Christian Dior has inspired her to wear red lipstick more.The Black Swan actress signed on to be a brand ambassador for the French luxury brand back in 2010 and has since fronted campaigns for fragrance and beauty pro…

Natalie Portman’s partnership with Christian Dior has inspired her to wear red lipstick more.

The Black Swan actress signed on to be a brand ambassador for the French luxury brand back in 2010 and has since fronted campaigns for fragrance and beauty products.

Natalie has built up a strong relationship with artistic director Maria Grazia Chiuri, who became the first woman to lead the business when she was appointed in 2016, and explained in a new interview with Vogue Australia that she appreciates the empowering messages the Italian designer conveys.

“I almost cried when I saw (Maria) putting flats down the couture runway. I was like: ‘Yes!'” she recalled to the publication. “She’s amazing and it’s been really fun – it’s also made me wear red lipstick a lot more in my real life. I don’t normally wear make-up but whenever I’m feeling bold, like I want to go in and get things done, I put on red lipstick and I’m ready.”

Natalie went on to explain that she is impressed by the way in which Maria’s designs have triggered discussions about feminism, especially pieces like the T-shirt from her debut line which featured the slogan ‘We Should All Be Feminists’ – the title of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s 2014 book-length essay.

But the brunette beauty is also a fan of wearing the designer’s high-end couture pieces to red carpet events.

“It’s been amazing having Maria Grazia Chiuri there – I feel like a woman knows what another woman wants to wear! And every time I’m in those dresses I feel exactly how I want to feel,” the 37-year-old insisted.

Elsewhere in the chat, Natalie added that one of her favourite gigs with Dior has been as the face of the Miss Dior perfume, as she loved being able to meet with perfumer Francois Demachy and learn all about the development of scent.

“I’ve had amazing experiences and I’m kind of obsessed with flowers and scent, so to get to visit the rose fields in Grasse and meet with their nose, Francois Demachy, and see how it gets created is just a total fantasy dream,” she smiled.

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Cara Delevingne: ‘Beauty is about being happy’

Cara Delevingne has opened up about what being beautiful means to her.Speaking at the launch of Dior’s latest lipstick, Addict Stellar Shine on Monday (25Feb19), the model and actress confessed her belief that beauty comes as a result of feeling posi…

Cara Delevingne has opened up about what being beautiful means to her.

Speaking at the launch of Dior’s latest lipstick, Addict Stellar Shine on Monday (25Feb19), the model and actress confessed her belief that beauty comes as a result of feeling positive.

“It’s not just about beauty from the outside; it’s about being happy,” she admitted to WWD. “Christian Dior said he wanted to make people happy, not just beautiful.”

The 26-year-old British beauty, who sat front row at the French label’s Paris Fashion Week show on Tuesday, is the face of the new Stellar Shine line of lipsticks.

Cara explained the significance of make-up in helping her prepare for acting roles, suggesting that it “really makes a difference” in helping to develop characters.

She stressed, however, that “make-up isn’t just about being feminine”.

“It’s about masculine and feminine – expressing whatever that is. Pink make-up shouldn’t only be for women, it should be for men – it should be for everyone, inclusive,” she added.

The star, who is also embarking on a music career after recording vocals with producer and DJ Shy FX, continued to note that beauty shouldn’t be exclusive.

“Everyone should have the right to feel beautiful. I do think that we are moving towards that more and more, but no one should ever be made to feel ugly,” she stated.

Cara went on to dismiss common misconceptions that beauty equates to vanity, suggesting that wearing make-up is “part of self-love”.

“Part of doing make-up is…self-care, knowing that you care enough about yourself to express yourself in a certain way.

“Feminine should mean strength,” the Suicide Squad star added.

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