Christian Dior exhibition to be staged at London’s V&A Museum

An exhibition of Christian Dior designs is to be staged at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.Based on the major exhibition Christian Dior: Couturier du Reve, organised by officials at the Musee des Arts Decoratifs in Paris, the retrospective wil…

An exhibition of Christian Dior designs is to be staged at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.

Based on the major exhibition Christian Dior: Couturier du Reve, organised by officials at the Musee des Arts Decoratifs in Paris, the retrospective will be reimagined for the V&A next year (19).

Spanning 1947 to the present day, Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams, will trace the history and impact of one of the 20th century’s most influential couturiers, and the six artistic directors who have succeeded him, including John Galliano, Raf Simons and Maria Grazia Chiuri.

“Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams celebrates one of the most ingenious and iconic designers in fashion history. Reimagining this hugely popular exhibition from Paris – as the largest fashion exhibition the V&A has undertaken since Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty – will shed new light on Dior’s fascination with Britain,” said Tim Reeve, deputy director of the V&A, in a statement. “The V&A holds one of the largest and most important fashion collections in the world, and we are delighted to be able to reveal highlights from our outstanding collection alongside those from the remarkable archive of the House of Dior, for this spectacular exhibition.”

In addition to the original retrospective, the V&A exhibition will also include a section dedicated to designer Christian Dior’s links to Britain, such as his fascination with traditional gardens and penchant for Savile Row suits.

The brand new section will investigate Dior’s creative collaborations with influential U.K. manufacturers, and his most notable British clients, such as author Nancy Mitford, ballet dancer Margot Fonteyn and Princess Margaret.

“More than seventy years after its founding, the V&A’s exhibition will celebrate the enduring influence of the House of Dior and uncover Dior’s relationship with Britain,” added Oriole Cullen, fashion and textiles curator at the V&A.

Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams will run from 2 February until 14 July (19).

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Alessandra Ambrosio would support her children becoming models

Alessandra Ambrosio would be behind her children if they wanted to follow in her modelling footsteps.The former Victoria’s Secret Angel left a lasting legacy, having walked in 17 shows, before announcing her retirement last November (17) following the …

Alessandra Ambrosio would be behind her children if they wanted to follow in her modelling footsteps.

The former Victoria’s Secret Angel left a lasting legacy, having walked in 17 shows, before announcing her retirement last November (17) following the brand’s Shanghai spectacle. Alessandra, who is mother to nine-year-old daughter Anja, and five-year-old son Noah, has insisted that she would help her offspring follow in her footsteps if that’s what they wanted to do.

“I want my children to do what they love, and if that’s modelling, then I would be there every step of the way to support them,” the 37-year-old shared in an interview with American Harper’s Bazaar. “Right now they’re enjoying being kids, learning about the world, and exploring.”

The Brazilian fashion icon, who has also modelled for the like of Ralph Lauren and Christian Dior, decided to hang up her wings so that she could focus on her acting career and successful swimwear line Ale by Alessandra.

Though she still has plenty of career goals, she is adamant that her family will always come first.

“My children are always going to be my number-one priority, so I work hard on arranging my schedule to spend as much time as possible with them,” explained Alessandra, who shares her little ones with ex-fiance businessman Jamie Mazur.

And with Mother’s Day fast approaching in America (18May18), the Daddy’s Home star is looking forward to being spoiled.

“It’s the one day that I get to spend every moment with my kids,” she smiled. “Anja and Noah usually wake me up with breakfast in bed. For the rest of the day we do fun activities like yoga, baking, and crafts. We also take my mum out to a nice lunch to celebrate her.”

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Kris Van Assche departing Dior Homme

Kris Van Assche is leaving Dior Homme after an 11-year stint as creative director.The Belgian designer has helmed Christian Dior’s menswear category since April 2007, where he has built up a reputation for his branded T-shirts, edgy streetwear and shar…

Kris Van Assche is leaving Dior Homme after an 11-year stint as creative director.

The Belgian designer has helmed Christian Dior’s menswear category since April 2007, where he has built up a reputation for his branded T-shirts, edgy streetwear and sharp suiting.

However, Van Assche confirmed his departure from the French label on Monday morning (19Mar18).

“After 11 years at Dior Homme, my mind and heart filled with experiences, I am leaving this beautiful house to pursue new challenges,” he said in a statement, before going on to express his thanks to executives at LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton, the parent company of Dior Homme, for their support over the years. “I wish to thank Bernard Arnault for the trust he placed in me, Sidney Toledano and Serge Brunschwig for their warm welcome at Dior and their continuous support during all those years of collaboration.”

Van Assche has not yet announced his future plans, though he may be looking to focus on his own label, KRISVANASSCHE, which he began working on following his studies at the Antwerp Royal Academy of Fine Arts.

Speaking about the designer, Christian Dior chairman and chief executive officer Pietro Beccari added: “I thank Kris Van Assche for contributing to the amazing growth of Dior Homme by creating an elegant and contemporary silhouette for men. He wrote an important chapter in the history of Dior Homme and played a key role in its development.”

Beccari indicated that Van Assche’s successor will be named shortly, with editors at WWD reporting that former Louis Vuitton menswear designer Kim Jones is the current favourite for the position.

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Charlize Theron suits up for Gringo premiere

Charlize Theron wowed in a white suit at the Gringo premiere on Tuesday night (06Mar18).The actress stepped out at the Regal LA LIVE Stadium theatre in Los Angeles for a preview screening of the Nash Edgerton-directed film, in which she plays the tough…

Charlize Theron wowed in a white suit at the Gringo premiere on Tuesday night (06Mar18).

The actress stepped out at the Regal LA LIVE Stadium theatre in Los Angeles for a preview screening of the Nash Edgerton-directed film, in which she plays the tough boss of a drug company.

Charlize posed for photographers on the green carpet and looked chic in a white Christian Dior suit comprised of trousers, blazer with satin lapels and white shirt made of a sheer fabric.

She matched her look with a touch of shimmery lilac eyeshadow on her lids, diamond earrings and gold heels worn with fishnet stockings.

Charlize was joined at the premiere by co-star Amanda Seyfried, who turned heads in a black lace dress from H&M which featured a high-neck and flowing skirt.

The 32-year-old accessorised her ensemble with Giuseppe Zanotti shoes and jewellery from A. Fier Lifestyle, and chose to have her blonde tresses styled into bouncy ringlets and clipped into place with jewel-encrusted barrettes.

David Oyelowo, who portrays lead character Harold Soyinka in the action-comedy, attended the premiere in navy trousers and an eye-catching purple and gold jacquard jacket, while his wife Jessica Oyelowo looked lovely in a dress with off-the-shoulder neckline and green and violet patterned skirt.

Paris Jackson, who’s making her big-screen debut in Gringo, rocked the red carpet in a black Gucci gown with snake motif across the bodice. She was joined at the party by her older brother Prince, who sported a more casual look, made up of blue jeans and a black jacket.

Meanwhile, actor Joel Edgerton, the director’s brother, opted for a light brown velvet suit with a blue shirt, and actress Lupita Nyong’o showed her support for the flick and posed at the party in a black dress with corset-like bodice and Christian Louboutin heels.

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Roger Vivier appoints new creative director

Roger Vivier has appointed a new creative director.Representatives for the French luxury footwear company announced late last month (Feb18) that Bruno Frisoni was departing his post as head designer after a 16-year tenure, in which he had revitalised t…

Roger Vivier has appointed a new creative director.

Representatives for the French luxury footwear company announced late last month (Feb18) that Bruno Frisoni was departing his post as head designer after a 16-year tenure, in which he had revitalised the label and won over a range of A-list clientele including Margot Robbie, Mary J. Blige, and Reese Witherspoon.

And on Monday (05Mar18), it was confirmed that Gherardo Felloni would succeed Frisoni, and unveil his first collection for the brand in September.

“Roger Vivier is the absolute reference of luxury shoes,” Felloni said in a statement. “I have always been fascinated by Mr. Vivier as a master of modernity, his ultimate chic and endless creativity. I feel honoured to be part of Roger Vivier today and develop it further, respecting its heritage and tradition while adding a contemporary and modern take, something Mr. Vivier has always demonstrated.”

Felloni re-posted a link to the announcement on his Instagram page too, adding in the caption that his new gig was a “dream come true”.

The Italian designer started out his career working at his father’s shoe factory, and later went on to work for a number of high-profile labels such as Christian Dior, Fendi and Helmut Lang. He has most recently been a design director of footwear, leather goods and costume jewellery at Miu Miu.

Paris-based Vivier was founded by Roger Henri Vivier, the designer who was credited with the design of the first stiletto heel in 1954 and later built up a reputation for his silk-satin knee-high boots and pumps with silver buckles. The company is now owned by Diego Della Valle’s company Tod’s.

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Christian Dior devotes fall 18 collection to feminist themes

Christian Dior paid homage to feminist movements in its latest fashion collection.Creative director Maria Grazia Chiuri unveiled her fall/winter 2018-2019 collection at the Musee Rodin on Tuesday afternoon (27Feb18), showing as part of Paris Fashion We…

Christian Dior paid homage to feminist movements in its latest fashion collection.

Creative director Maria Grazia Chiuri unveiled her fall/winter 2018-2019 collection at the Musee Rodin on Tuesday afternoon (27Feb18), showing as part of Paris Fashion Week.

In the show notes, label representatives explained that Chiuri wanted to celebrate youthquakers, the 1960s movement that challenged conventions of the time, as well as second-wave feminism and the events of 1968.

“Anniversaries can be triggers for exceptional memories. Remembering is also about reinventing and imagining. Fifty years after the urgency and creativity that the year 1968 bought, this is an opportunity for Maria Grazia Chiuri to revive an era when the rules of fashion were turned on their head,” they said. “Indeed, thanks to this emulation which stimulated the emergence of new ideas, creativity for creativity’s sake, the cut-up technique and travel as means of discovering others but also oneself, youth occupies a place at the centre of the scene.”

Models winded through guests sat on benches, including Cara Delevingne, in a room entirely covered with posters containing feminist iconography, magazine imagery, and the slogans, “I am a woman” and “Women’s rights are human rights”.

The show opened with a model sporting a purple and red tartan skirt and jacket, along with leather boots and a black cap. A procession of similar outfits followed, with the line-up including kilts in different lengths embroidered with the label’s branding and matched with rocker-inspired T-shirts, pleated skirts with tartan and organza panels, and splashes of silver fabrics.

Knitwear was a large element of the collection, with sweaters featuring the peace symbol, as were patchwork fabrics, which were used in blazers, coats, and shirts.

Chiuri also injected a rock chic vibe into several looks, pairing fluffy coats with minidresses, and had all models wear glasses made from yellow, orange and red plastic.

She matched unexpected fabrics together as well, such as point d’esprit on masculine jackets and small coats, and used woollen embroideries on organza dresses, with all items styled to counterbalance the idea of a uniform.

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Fans praise Jennifer Lawrence’s Red Sparrow premiere look

Fans have gone wild for the chic look Jennifer Lawrence wore to the Red Sparrow premiere in London on Monday night (19Feb18).The actress walked the red carpet in Leicester Square before attending the European debut of the spy film, and turned heads in …

Fans have gone wild for the chic look Jennifer Lawrence wore to the Red Sparrow premiere in London on Monday night (19Feb18).

The actress walked the red carpet in Leicester Square before attending the European debut of the spy film, and turned heads in a sequinned Christian Dior dress with pleated skirt featuring multiple metallic shades.

Jennifer accessorised the ensemble with Sara Weinstock earrings and had her blonde tresses styled by Jenny Cho into voluminous ringlets.

The star’s long-time stylists, Jill Lincoln and Jordan Johnson, posted several images of the outfit to their Instagram page, with many praising the fashion-forward look.

“So pretty it hurts my eyes,” one user commented, while another added, “This look is perfect! Stunning.”

One fan also compared Jennifer’s golden hair to the curls Sarah Jessica Parker wore while playing Carrie Bradshaw on TV show Sex and the City, and another felt that the Dior dress is the most eye-catching look the 27-year-old has worn since she stepped out in a red Calvin Klein ensemble with plunging neckline at the Academy Awards in 2011.

“BEST since that red Calvin moment! BRAVA,” they added.

Though Jennifer stole the spotlight at the Red Sparrow event, her co-stars also got dressed up for the night too.

Joely Richardson looked elegant in a black dress with red print which featured an off-the-shoulder neckline, and Nicole O’Neill braved the chilly weather and sported a tangerine minidress which she matched with statement earrings.

Joel Edgerton looked handsome in a pinstripe suit with grey tie and red pocket square, while Jeremy Irons donned jeans, a grey coat, and a red scarf.

Red Sparrow, which also stars Mary-Louise Parker, Matthias Schoenaerts, and Sergei Polunin, hits cinemas from 1 March.

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