Style: Just Cruising


For her first Dior Cruise show Maria Grazia Chiuri showed off the undiscovered side of Los Angeles by taking the fashion set into the picturesque desert of California’s Santa Monica Mountains.

The runway unfolded against a scenic sunset and mountain view, complete with two floating Dior hot air balloons in the distance. Taking inspiration from Georgia O’Keeffe, the laid-back, Wild West-infused collection paired perfectly with its Californian backdrop. From the star-studded front row to the standout accessories, here are highlights from the show courtesy of Harpers Bazaar.

To reach the show’s location, guests went off-roading out to the Santa Monica Mountains via ATVs. The fashion pack was seated in safari-like tents featuring couches and cushions in lieu of a front row.

Two Dior Sauvage hot air balloons made for the ultimate Instagram bait. Throughout the show, the balloons served as an airy backdrop to the runway, but afterwards proved to be the Instagram gold of the night.

Rihanna, Demi Moore, Jaimie King, Charlize Theron and many more graced the front row. The star-studded show hosted a gathering of A-listers, all dressed in Dior.

 Maria Grazia Chiuri’s inspiration from the show came from wall paintings in the Lascaux cave, which Monsieur Dior himself was also inspired by back in the early ’50s. The hand paintings could be seen reimagined atop wide-brimmed hats and embroidered into airy dresses on the runway.

Every look was topped with a wide-brimmed hat, setting the tone for the ultimate Western vibe. Following Dior’s Fall 2017 runway filled with leather berets, the hats of this season took a more laid-back vibe, many of which were adorned with turquoise beads and cave-like paintings.

Following suit, the collection itself featured dresses, jackets, cardigans and more taking influence from the Lascaux paintings along with Georgia O’Keeffe.


Style/Art: Dior and I

As Valentino said, “I love beauty, it’s not my fault.Dior1

That’s why I went to see the stunning documentary “Dior and I” For the love of  beautiful, well made clothes and because twice in my lifetime (so far) I’ve had the pleasure of visiting the Dior design house in Paris.  Unfortunately it was not to be measured for haute couture, but like a fairytale to imagine myself wearing it, and to admire everything in sight.dior5The documentary which is part of the Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF), does an excellent job of bringing the viewer inside the storied world of the Christian Dior fashion house with a privileged, behind-the-scenes look at the creation of Raf Simons’ first haute couture collection as its new artistic director.

Before being appointed to this position, Belgium born Raf Simons was best known within the industry for designing tailored menswear, and in 2005 was appointed creative director of Jil Sander – a role in which he flourished.  It was all ready-to-wear, so was he ready for Dior?dior3Those familiar with the Jil Sander minimalistic label were waiting with bated breath to see how Raf would cast his ideas onto the Dior label especially having never worked in haute couture.  In the cutthroat fashion world you wonder if they were hoping he’d succeed or fail.

For fashion fanatics there’s plenty of eye candy.  There’s also humour, and tensions that arise in a high strung fashion climate with only weeks to spare before the big show and not everything is ready.  Also, Raf wants to make a name for himself and do something completely different which the house has never done before.  He’s a fan of art and wants to incorporate ideas from artist Sterling Ruby, whose work he admires (paintings that look like they were spray painted onto canvases) onto fabric for dresses and jackets for the new collection.  It is something the atelier is not used to and not sure they can pull off.

Sterling Ruby

Sterling Ruby

The final scene is the big fashion show with plenty of stars, other well known designers like Donna Karan and Donatella Versace and fashion editors like Vogue’s Anna Wintour. The grand finale takes place in a grand Paris apartment where the walls have been entirely cloaked with a million flowers.  Pretty heady.  Hope no one had allergies.Dior-Haute-Couture-Source-HelloThere’s a lesson learned here.  People get typecast –  not just in movies but in real life too.  What did they call you Raf?  A minimalist I believe.  Looking at these photos goes to prove…

Minimalist no more!dior2article-sterling_full-article-crop-left

Photos: google images