Another coffee table book to lust after and this time it’s from the house of Dior celebrating all the famous people who have worn their lush dresses- think Dior girls du jour Natalie Portman, Charlize Theron and more starlets from days past like Elizabeth Taylor.
It’s out to coincide with the Stars in Dior exhibition in Paris (bonjour Eurostar!) and costs £45 but you do get lots of photos from Alexi Lubomirski, advert pics and a bunch of pretty illustrations.
Thank you Paris our prayers have been answered. So many girls chase trends (us included) and spend hours putting together the perfect ‘going out’ ensemble, when the classic little black dress makes us feel great each time. After a long absence from the catwalk, we spied some beautiful examples of perfect LBDs. Want!
From flouncy florals at Nina Ricci and Cacherel, to pale pastels at Roland Mouret, Dior and Alexander McQueen, there were some cute feminine pieces at Paris Fashion Week – much less about the punchy digital floral prints of London and more focused on some Parisian romance, with references to yester-years from almost puritanical cuts to 1940s and 1950s lady-like silhouettes.
Pics: Elle + Telegraph.
Everyone wants a fashionable piece of Elizabeth Olsen at the moment and it’s not difficult to see why. Apart from being stunning looking, Elizabeth is quite an actress and is expected to make a HUGE name for herself this year – oh and you might have heard of her super stylish sisters.
Elizabeth was the face of ASOS’ magazine this month and stars in a bright editorial with kooky sequinned tops and pom-pom embellished shorts. Interestingly in the interview she also claims she hasn’t borrowed clothes from Mary-Kate and Ashley’s wardrobe since she was 14…is she mad?!
Being a busy girl, Elizabeth also graces Glamour UK’s fashion pages this month, this time decked out in pretty pastels by Chanel, Dior, Carven and Nina Ricci. It’s worth buying this issue if you haven’t as there are so many Spring fashion ideas.
We could spend hours looking at all the couture collections- after all couture is all about attention to detail and superb craftsmanship. But for those a little pushed-for time, here is a mini round-up of the highlights so far.
Chanel typically went OTT on the set front with Karl Lagerfeld showing off a beautifully-blue toned beaded collection in an airplane. It kind of reminded us a tiny bit of the SS12 underwater collection with some nods to Chanel classics past.
Meanwhile, one of the colours set to define SS12 dominated the Armani Prive and Versace shows. We’re calling it sherbet lemon. We love the mixture of 1950s shapes (such as structured tops and pencil skirts) and futuristic fabrics and space-age detailing- also created in a retro-style kind of way…think the 1950s Festival of Britain Skylon.
Meanwhile, Christian Dior is still playing the classic card (much like its SS12 show) but we like it and it’s super glamorous. Regarde!
Berlin-based artist Anselm Reyle has joined Dior to jazz up some of the iconic label’s quilted classics. Metallic leather, neon stitching, patent detailing and colourful metal, this collection has it all. Available as limited editions until March, do you love this collection as much as us?
Pics: Five Five Fabulous (amazing blog)
As we all know, Mila Kunis starred alongside Natalie Portman in Black Swan and now they are both Dior girls. Mila is the face of some seriously covetable bags, while we have loved Natalie’s Miss Dior Cherie advert for ages.
The question is do you like Natalie’s easy breezy white swan Dior campaign or Mila’s brooding Black Swan campaign?
This French fashion house has weathered a scandal, lost one of the world’s most talented designers and dealt with the recession…and still boosted its revenues by 18.7 percent.
You’ve got to give it to Dior for not letting the John Galliano fiasco affect its sales. According to WWD, Dior’s handbag sales have done particularly well – perhaps because of the lush advertising campaign with Marion Cotillard or the revival of the ‘ladylike’ trend (thanks Kate Middleton) and consequently the ‘Lady Dior’ range.
Younger people are now lusting after a Dior quilted bag too- I am one of them- and I admit this may partially be because of Blair Waldorf’s obsession with the beautiful bag in Gossip Girl. (Oh the power of advertising!)
So here’s the numbers bit. Apparently Dior’s sales have risen by 18.7 percent this calendar year, reaching €705 million – not bad when people are still in the grips of an almost-recession. (Although the luxury market traditionally doesn’t do too badly compared to some other goods markets).
So how have they done it? We’ve had a few guesses!
-Perhaps die-hard Galliano fans have swooped on the last Galliano/Dior pieces and bought up the current A/W11 season clothes; the designer’s last collection for the Parisian fashion house before he was sacked for his bizarre anti-Semitic outburst.
-There is no such thing as bad publicity and Galliano’s unfortunate sacking has thrust Dior into the limelight
-Recessions are strange things. Traditionally it has been found that people ‘treat’ themselves to high end cosmetics like lipsticks in place of a shopping spree for example. We bet that Dior’s cosmetics and perfume sales have been epic!
-Dior’s advertising campaigns have been beautiful!
-People have a lot of faith in Bill Gaytten, who is holding the fort as Dior’s creative director-ish until Galliano is officially replaced with another huge name. While the SS12 collection received less-tha-gushing reviews we really liked it and maybe this ‘safe’ approach has weathered the design house well at a time where people like conservative styles.
Our final thought is this- if the Dior team have done such an incredible job at making money in such harsh circumstances, shouldn’t we put them in charge of the European Central Bank or something?!
Our fav advert: Miss Dior Cherie with Natalie Portman directed by Sophia Coppola – SO classy!