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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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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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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Maria Grazia Chiuri pleased to see people wearing copies of her feminist T-shirts

Maria Grazia Chiuri was “happy” to see people wearing copies of her feminist T-shirts after her debut show for Dior.Back in 2016, the Italian designer was tapped as the first female creative director for the French fashion house, and when she released …

Maria Grazia Chiuri was “happy” to see people wearing copies of her feminist T-shirts after her debut show for Dior.

Back in 2016, the Italian designer was tapped as the first female creative director for the French fashion house, and when she released her spring/summer 2016 collection, quickly garnered attention for her line of white tops bearing the title of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s essay We Should All Be Feminists.

While the T-shirts are priced at $860 (£580), and are therefore out of many customers’ budgets, Chiuri has now shared that she is fine with seeing people sporting knock-offs as it means that a luxury brand is sending a “good message”.

“Of course, we have to acknowledge we are a luxury brand and that not all people can buy our products,” she commented in an interview by author and feminist leader Robin Morgan for U.S. Harper’s Bazaar. “But I was so happy after my first show when I did the We Should All Be Feminists T-shirt and I saw fake T-shirts all around the world!”

While most fashion designers would be displeased to see consumers wearing copies or buying knock-offs, Chiuri is particularly fine with it because it means people are investigating the inspiration behind the design and are sharing the message with others.

“If someone sees your book titles on a T-shirt and then Googles and finds the books, that’s the goal for me,” the 55-year-old smiled. “And, really, I can thank Dior for supporting me in this. Everyone seemed worried, ‘Uh-oh, you are political.’ But the company never stopped me. Everything is political anyway! Everything you buy, everything you eat. Life is political!”

Chiuri is to receive the Sisterhood Is Powerful Award for Wearable Media at the annual Women’s Media Awards event in New York City in October.

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Natalie Portman reflects on ‘ephemeral’ nature of beauty

Natalie Portman works hard on various projects because she knows beauty is “ephemeral”.The Oscar winner is considered to be one of the most beautiful women in Hollywood and has been the face of French fashion house Dior since 2010. However, Natalie ha…

Natalie Portman works hard on various projects because she knows beauty is “ephemeral”.

The Oscar winner is considered to be one of the most beautiful women in Hollywood and has been the face of French fashion house Dior since 2010.

However, Natalie has now shared in an interview with Harper’s Bazaar U.K. that she finds it frustrating whenever she’s judged only on her looks.

“As a woman, you are constantly fighting against only being valued for your looks, because it becomes a very tenuous thing, to be defined by the gaze of others, the opinion of others,” the 38-year-old commented. “And beauty is, by definition, ephemeral, it’s a thing that you can’t trap in time, it’s a butterfly, it lives for a second. So to make a lifetime worthwhile and have meaning cannot rest on beauty…”

In spite of her stance, Natalie did emphasise that while she’s aware of political and social unrest across the world, she takes comfort in focusing on herself from time to time, to escape the world around her. One way she does this is by dressing up in beautiful clothes.

“I love beauty and I love glamour, and they can be part of the sweetness of life in the face of really dark things – and that has great worth,” the mother-of-two shared.

Elsewhere in the interview, Natalie revealed that she is hugely impressed with the work Maria Grazia Chiuri is doing at Dior, having been tapped as the luxury label’s first female artistic director in 2016.

“It’s wonderful to have a woman designing for other women, someone who understands us, and knows that maybe we might want to wear a T-shirt with a skirt and flats, or have pockets in our dresses,” Natalie gushed, before adding that the designer’s comfortable creations are almost political. “If a woman can’t breathe in her dress, what does that mean? It’s the most literal symbol of oppression that you could possibly have – it’s so political.”

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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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Pierpaolo Piccioli wants designers to use their voices for good

Pierpaolo Piccioli’s designs go deeper than just fashion as he likes his work to reflect his own ideals.The Valentino head, who has been helming the brand solo since his former partner Maria Grazia Chiuri departed for Dior in 2016, has become known for…

Pierpaolo Piccioli’s designs go deeper than just fashion as he likes his work to reflect his own ideals.

The Valentino head, who has been helming the brand solo since his former partner Maria Grazia Chiuri departed for Dior in 2016, has become known for his jaw-dropping evening gowns.

But more than merely create pretty silhouettes, Piccioli lets his emotions and views boldly shine through his clothes.

“It’s important today, if you are in fashion, if you have a voice, hopefully a loud voice, not to talk bulls**t,” he said to Vogue Australia. “To be very aware that you can use your voice for something that is not only about clothes, but the values you can deliver through your clothes.

“Fashion is about identity. You have to talk about your own values, talk about your own aesthetic. If you’re not moved by what you’re doing, then you’re doing it to please someone else. It’s not authentic and you’ll never touch emotions. All of us are looking for emotions, for dreams, for something human. You want to feel the humanity behind the clothes… you want to feel the soul.”

As well as his Valentino responsibilities, the Italian designer recently sat on the board for the inaugural Fashion Trust Arabia, an initiative aiming to raise the standards and profiles of emerging design talent in the Middle East and North Africa region.

And mentoring is something Piccioli relishes.

“They (the finalists) need people to give them good advice,” the fashion star mused. “They don’t have to follow it, but everyone deserves the opportunity to (access) it. I want to see these designers keep their identity while facing the world.”

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Dior collaborates with African artists for cruise 2020 line

Dior has teamed with several African artists on garments for its cruise 2020 collection.The French luxury label, helmed by creative director Maria Grazia Chiuri, unveiled its latest line at the El Badi Palace in Marrakesh, Morocco on Monday night (29Ap…

Dior has teamed with several African artists on garments for its cruise 2020 collection.

The French luxury label, helmed by creative director Maria Grazia Chiuri, unveiled its latest line at the El Badi Palace in Marrakesh, Morocco on Monday night (29Apr19), with celebrities in attendance including Karlie Kloss, Lupita Nyong’o, Jessica Alba, Shailene Woodley, and the Haim sisters.

Entitled Common Ground, the show was influenced by an excerpt from philosopher Naomi Zack’s 2005 book, Inclusive Feminism: A Third Wave Theory of Women’s Commonality, and celebrated a “common ground for women and culture across territories”.

“Maria Grazia Chiuri has always had her heart set on establishing creative exchanges with African cultures,” a Dior representative said in a statement. “With this collection, she sought to dialogue with the real and imagined landscape of Morocco, at the crossroads of the Mediterranean, Europe and Africa, as a dream destination for artists, poets, writers and eternal adventurers.”

Accordingly, Chiuri consulted with French anthropologist Anne Grosfilley on African wax fabrics and the techniques that make the intricate patterns, while the Italian designer also worked with Moroccan craftswomen on the set design, which included bonfires and pools filled with floating candles.

Famed South African shirtmaker Pathe Oueedraogo, aka Pathe’O, made a shirt which paid homage to late President Nelson Mandela, and milliner Stephen Jones teamed with Daniella Osemadewa and Martine Henry on pan-African headpieces and turbans.

In addition, British-Jamaican designer Grace Wales Bonner and African-American artist Mickalene Thomas offered up their interpretations of Dior’s classic Bar Jacket and New Look skirt. Other highlights of the collection included off-the-shoulder patterned dresses and leather belts with the Dior logo on the front, while the presentation concluded with a line-up of red carpet-ready gowns, including a black number with a sweetheart neckline and fringed hemline.

The show marked the first time Dior has shown in the North African nation in spite of the fashion house’s long-held ties to Morocco, with former couturier Yves Saint Laurent, who helmed the label in the ‘50s, considering the country his second home. In 2017, the Yves Saint Laurent Museum opened in Marrakech.

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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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Saint Laurent shines bright with glow in the dark creations during PFW show

Saint Laurent showcased glow in the dark creations in what was a fun and exciting Paris Fashion Week presentation on Tuesday (26Feb19).Creative director Anthony Vaccarello went all out with the Saint Laurent fall 2019 collection, with neon shoes, dress…

Saint Laurent showcased glow in the dark creations in what was a fun and exciting Paris Fashion Week presentation on Tuesday (26Feb19).

Creative director Anthony Vaccarello went all out with the Saint Laurent fall 2019 collection, with neon shoes, dresses and sunglasses all shining bright when the runway was lit with purple ultraviolet light towards the end of the show.

Among the most eye-catching looks was an ostrich feathered minidress, which turned into black and pink stripes under the ultraviolet light, and a pair of acid orange pumps.

The glow in the dark pieces were just one aspect of the Eighties trend Vaccarello explored with his new collection. Structured shoulders are part of the new YSL silhouette, with a stunning cream coat and jewelled top among the items which sported exaggerated shoulders. Pants were noticeably absent from the collection, with Saint Laurent instead showcasing tiny skirts and shorts worn over polka dot tights as part of their take on power dressing.

Saint Laurent wasn’t the only big name to showcase at Paris Fashion Week on Tuesday. Stars including newly-engaged Jennifer Lawrence flocked to the front row of the Dior show, where Maria Grazia Chiuri paid “homage to the alchemist of elegance and beauty, Karl Lagerfeld”, according to the show notes. Chanel legend Lagerfeld died earlier this month, aged 85.

Chiuri took inspiration from the concept of sorority for Dior’s new collection, and presented her new take on 50’s femininity as she debuted pieces such as full skirts and an updated version of the traditional ballgown.

Each and every model wore a Stephen Jones-designed bucket hat, many of which included a net veil covering the eyes, with checked raincoats and black wellington boots also proving that the Dior girl is more than prepared for an autumn shower.

Feminist slogan T-shirts were also a standout piece on the runway, with models sporting tops featuring slogans such as “Sisterhood Is Global”, “Sisterhood is Powerful” and “Sisterhood is Forever”, referring to feminist texts by American poet Robin Morgan.

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