The Met Gala is an annual fundraiser of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute in New York City. Models, artists, designers and other celebrities gather here to showcase their love for fashion. The gala is known as ‘fashion’s biggest night out’ and it radiated from all sides during this edition. Every year the Met Gala has a theme and in 2021 American fashion will take center stage. So the dress code was ‘American’ and that can be interpreted quite broadly.
At French Maison Dior, art meets fashion for the finest causes. Christian Dior was represented at the Costume Institute Gala that celebrated the opening of the exhibition ‘In America: A Lexicon of Fashion’ at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on Monday (September 13) in New York by two actresses in creations by designer Maria Grazia Chiuri.
Rachel Zegler glowed in a burnished velvet, tarot-inspired Spring-Summer 2021 Haute Couture gown, and Dior global ambassador Yara Shahidi glittered in a custom crystal-embroidered brown silk sheath with gold tulle cloak. Gain an insight into the spectacular savoir-faire behind these two head-turning dresses.
Yara Shahidi and Dior have hit a sweet spot of late, and that was highlighted by this custom Dior Haute Couture brown embroidered silk dress with a gold tulle cape. Her look was inspired by Josephine Baker who was dubbed as the ‘Black Venus’ and ‘Creole Goddess’.
She was also known for her iconic looks and beauty that symbolized Black American culture during the 1920s and made her an international star. I’m definitely getting a 1920s vibe from Yara’s look which exudes elegance. This was another shining example of how opera gloves can work on a red carpet look without it feeling dated. Cartier jewels completed her look.
Rachel Zegler wore a Dior Haute Couture Spring 2021 draped dress with ‘The Empress’ motif in multicolored dévoré velvet. This is a lot of dress, but Rachel manages to not be overwhelmed by it. The actress styled her look with Dior Fine Jewelry.
Two exhibitions will follow this year’s theme after the Met Gala 2021. From September 18, the exhibition ‘In America: A Lexicon of Fashion’ can be seen at the Anna Wintour Costume Center. In America: ‘An Anthology of Fashion’ launches on May 5, 2022.
At French Maison Dior, art meets fashion for the finest causes. The ‘Dior Designer of Dreams’ exhibition at MOCA, Chengdu, until September 7, 2021, provides an absorbing immersion into how the creative directors who succeeded Monsieur Dior – from Yves Saint Laurent to Maria Grazia Chiuri today – have interpreted the Maison’s heritage and moved it forward in their own highly individual ways.
The scenography by Nathalie Crinière highlights the grace of couture creations inspired by gardens and flowers, formative sources of inspiration for a young Christain Dior that still represent indelible codes of the fashion house he founded. The theme is developed further with a display devoted to ‘Miss Dior’, the iconic perfume “that smells of love” and the exquisitely embroidered dresses named after it.
Another room invites visitors to get an idea of the work undertaken in the ateliers as a soaring display of white toiles – the first step in the realization of any couture garment – illustrates the level of complexity and invention inherent in this incomparably important stage.
A special ‘Dior in China’ display turns the spotlight on the host country’s own bearing on that process, highlighted here with Dior Couture designs by Maria Grazia Chiuri in red, which Monsieur Dior deemed “the color of life”.
At French Maison Dior, their creations are the result of supreme savoir-faire. Gain an insight into the multilayered process behind the creation of a scarf from the Autumn-Winter 2021-2022 collection by Maria Grazia Churi, starting with the immensely detailed hand rendering of the exotic Toile de Jouy motif in the Maison’s textile studio.
High precision machinery takes over in the next step, weaving the silk twill with ‘Christian Dior’ signature jacquard borders before the printing can take place, with the edges of the separated panels then being individually rolled and sewn by hand to provide a perfect finish to a timelessly elegant and endlessly versatile accessory.
At Dior they are proud of their creative legacy. The beautiful Toile de Jouy scarfes are available in different colors at Christian Dior Boutiques worldwide and online. Come into the beautiful world of Christian Dior.
French Maison Christian Dior knows again how to suprise….. So ladies!! Make haste and head down to your nearest Dior boutique because these vertical totes have finally arrived on our shores. No, these are not China or Japan-exclusives as some of the previous designs were, but rather part of the currentCruise 2021 collection that also includes these vertical totes decorated with an array of flower motifs.
The Dior Book Tote, an original style introduced by Creative Director Maria Grazia Chiuri, has become a staple of the Dior aesthetic. This vertical pink style is entirely embroidered with the multicolor Fleurs Bibliques motif. Adorned with the ‘Christian Dior’ signature, this bag is an excellent example of Dior savoir-faire and can be paired with other Fleurs Bibliques (which translates to ‘biblical flowers’ in English) creations from the collection.
Aside from Mille Fleurs (which will be covered in time to come), there’s the gorgeous Fleurs Bibliques spotted in 3 colour combinations over on the Vertical Book Tote. The intricate pattern features different flowers on different bags, and you will find a blue/purple blooms on the grey, a bold red on the latte (almost white) and finally a purples and greens on the pink tote.
Each bag follows the common theme of Fleurs Bibliques, each special and unique in their very own way, with the vertical format measuring some 26 cm by 20 cm.
The model above is wearing a light pink technical cashmere jacquard sweater with Fleurs Bibliques motif, a technical taffeta jacquard short with multicolor Mille Fleurs motif, and multicolor technical fabric sneakers with Mille Fleurs Print.
The Dior Book Tote is available at Christian Dior Boutiques and selected stores worldwide. You can also opt to have it personalised with your initials (exclusive personalization service available in a selection of boutiques.) over at the back, or just leave it be with the embroidered flowers taking centerstage. Come into the beautiful world of Christian Dior.
A legacy of Christian Dior’s passion for 18th century refinement, Toile de Jouy is a major theme in the Maison’s universe. This cotton fabric with rural motifs has remained a key design code, inspiring a number of designers up until now, with Maria Grazia Chiuri successfully giving it a modern take in her collections. The Dior Toile de Jouy has come a long way.
Following the updated version of its Forever Diormania Couture Cuhion, the French Maison has now introduced a limited collection of its fragrances. Four of the most popular scents are dressed in the Maison’s iconic ‘Toile de Jouy’ packaging – the perfect addition to your 2021 perfume lineup.
Christian Dior Lucky
Created to be a good luck charm, Lucky is the fragrance of good luck, echoing the history between the house of Dior and Lily-of-the-Valley. Lucky is a fragrance that plays with its white flowers and Lily-of-the-Valley notes for a subtle discovery of its scent.
Light. Behind the freshness of white flowers, the fragrance Lucky offers a glimpse of the delicate notes of Lily-of-the-Valley.
Lucky is a fragrance good luck charm, like a scented lucky star, the olfactory signature of luck. The white purity of flowers, the wet green of the Lily-of-the Valley accords. Floral. Lucky is a delicate fragrance composed with an abundance of Lily-of-the-Valley and white flower notes.
The Toile de Jouy limited edition of the Lucky fragrance features a case with a Dior couture-inspired print. Limited edition available only for the 125 ml and 250 ml flacons. The 125 ml product also arrives in a set alongside a body cream, hand wash and soap bar in the same scent.
Christian Dior Holy Peony
Holy Peony is the fragrance that personifies the peony blossom, often immortalized by the greatest artists as a symbol of beauty. This Maison Christian Dior fragrance interprets the olfactory translation of the plump and generous beauty of this sacred flower. Holy Peony is a fragrance draped in the lightest of cloaks: Rose woven with Lily of the Valley, sparkling notes of Strawberry and Raspberry, as well as Woods and Musks that give it an amber charm.
Holy Peony is a fragrance that strikes a balance between softness and fruity vivacity.
Holy Peony is an olfactory ‘trompe-l’œil’. The peony is not easily cajoled: the fleeting beauty of the flower had to be imagined and tamed to capture it in a fragrance. Red, the scarlet velvet that blankets the corolla of the peony blossom, the olfactory image of its bright crimson petals. Floral. Holy Peony is a floral portrait of the peony, which plays on its seductive fullness and botanical freshness.
The Toile de Jouy limited edition of the Holy Peonie fragrance features a case with a Dior couture-inspired print. Limited edition available only for the 125 ml and 250 ml flacons. The 125 ml product also arrives in a set alongside a ‘Thé Osmanthus’ candle and ‘Rose Ispahan’ hand wash.
Christian Dior Gris Dior
Gris Dior is a signature fragrance that is now more than ever closely tied to the history of Dior Couture. The fragrance is the olfactory expression of the Dior gray, the now-iconic colour Christian Dior loved to celebrate: the couture gray, the sentimental gray of the couturier’s family home in Granville, Normandy, and the pearl gray of the shopfront on Avenue Montaigne.
Gris Dior is an intense fragrance that makes a strong, recognizable statement, always with elegance, and leaves a compelling trail.
Multi-faceted, Gris Dior is a subtle and elegant olfactory signature. An elegant fragrance that uninhibitedly combines heritage with a modern twist. Like the colour gray, the fragrance Gris Dior cannot be broken down into its component parts. It is an indivisible mix, the seamless reading of a chypre.
The Toile de Jouy limited edition of the Gris Dior fragrance features a case with a Dior couture-inspired print. Limited edition available only for the 125 ml and 250 ml flacons. The 125 ml product also arrives in a set alongside with a ’30 Montaigne’ candle and ‘Néroli Imperial’ soap bar.
Christian Dior Oud Ispahan
Oud Ispahan elegantly embraces an oriental identity: it is the olfactory translation of an Oriental palace, where shimmering hues meld with intoxicating scents to become one. Sophisticated charm and a traveler’s soul influence the powerful character and accents of Oud Ispahan. It is an uncompromising fragrance that highlights its woody force with the spicy, decisive character of Damascus Rose.
Oud Ispahan is an intense fragrance that cannot be forgotten.
Oud Ispahan is a fragrance that arouses curiosity and invites you on an olfactory journey with its oriental soul tinged with a floral softness. The ochre hue of the Oriental palace that inspired the fragrance and the intense red of the Damascus Rose. Oud-floral. It is the member of the Maison Christian Dior family of precious Ouds with a floral signature. A captivating fragrance that gives this olfactory evocation of the Orient a powerful identity, based on an Oud accord adorned with the softness of Rose.
The Toile de Jouy limited edition of the Oud Ispahan fragrance features a case with a Dior couture-inspired print. Limited edition available only for the 125 ml and 250 ml flacons. The 125 ml product also arrives in a set alongside with an ‘Encens Mystique’ candle.
The Christian Dior Toile de Jouy Collection is available at Christian Dior Boutiques and selected stores worldwide. Come into the beautiful world of Christian Dior.
The job of artistic designer at Fendi has finally been filled. The storied Roman fashion house and fur specialist announced on Wednesday that the British fashion designer Kim Jones would replace Karl Lagerfeld, who died in February of last year, in the role.
Mr. Jones will be responsible for the haute couture, ready-to-wear and fur collections for women, Fendi said in a statement. He will also maintain his current position as artistic director of Dior Men in Paris. It is the second major designer move by Fendi’s owner, LVMH Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy, the world’s largest luxury group by sales, since the coronavirus pandemic began, – the French company appointed Matthew Williams as Givenchy’s new designer in June.
As such, it reflects the luxury group’s commitment to forging ahead with its brands and buzzy designers, even as questions swirl around the future of fashion, shopping and the entire traditional show system. In a statement, LVMH’s chief executive, Bernard Arnault, called Mr. Jones ‘a great talent’, adding that he had proved his ability to adapt to the codes of assorted LVMH Maison’s ‘with great modernity and audacity’.
The hire represents a doubling down on a bet by LVMH that fur will continue to be a hallmark of luxury, at a time when it is increasingly being seen as an unethical relic of another era. And as the industry faces a reckoning on race and diversity, the hiring of a white man already in its employ at Dior for one of the most plum design titles in the business also could be seen as going against the trend of confronting fashion’s systemic racism, and LVMH’s stated commitments to tackling that.
The choice of Mr. Jones is the culmination of more than a year of discussions and apparent soul-searching by LVMH, which built Fendi into a billion-dollar brand. Fendi has been a core pillar of its fashion empire since it purchased an initial stake in the company from the Fendi family in a joint venture with Prada in 1999 (in 2001, LVMH became the brand’s sole owner).
Along with Silvia Venturini Fendi, the only family member still in the company, who will continue to design Fendi accessories and men’s wear once Mr. Jones arrives, Mr. Lagerfeld was integral to that growth. Over a 54-year tenure at Fendi, Mr. Lagerfeld created the concept of ‘fun fur’ when fur was seen as the stale province of the bourgeoisie. He held ‘haute fourrure’ shows on the couture calendar even as fur increasingly fell out of fashion. He and Ms. Fendi appeared on the catwalk together at the end of every women’s wear show.
Though it was often suggested that Ms. Fendi, who referred to Mr. Lagerfeld as a mentor, might assume sole creative ownership of the brand after his death, executives at LVMH were open about their belief in the benefit of two creative personalities sparking off each other. Along with Mr. Jones, another name thought to be in the running for the position was Maria Grazia Chiuri, artistic director of women’s wear at Dior.
Designer pairings can be a risk, given the egos that are sometimes involved. But along with Miuccia Prada’s recent decision to name Raf Simons as co-creative director of Prada, pairing Mr. Jones and Ms. Fendi may also signal a new approach to team-building in fashion. A fetishisation of the single visionary has more often been the norm, and several high-profile talents like Mr. Jones and Virgil Abloh have increasingly juggled multiple design responsibilities across top fashion houses. Fendi’s chief executive, Serge Brunschwig, called Mr. Jones “one of the most talented and relevant designers of today”.
I would like to profoundly thank Mr. Arnault, Mr. Brunschwig and Silvia Venturini Fendi for this incredible opportunity. Working across two such prestigious houses is a true honour as a designer and to be able to join the house of Fendi as well as continuing my work at Dior Men’s is a huge privilege.
After graduating from the London art-and-design school Central Saint Martins and one of the brightest stars on the luxury men’s wear scene, the London designer worked for several brands, from Iceberg to Mulberry. And while he’s best known for designing menswear for Louis Vuitton, Dior and his own brand, he’s scored many a female fan (including close friends Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell, Victoria Beckham and the Karadashians-Jenner). In fact, when he joined Dior Hommes, in 2018, there were rumours that he was going to lead all of the collections for the Parisian fashion house, including womenswear.
Before joining Dior Men he worked at Louis Vuitton as their men’s wear designer for seven years. At Vuitton, he brought his longstanding love and encyclopedic knowledge of luxe streetwear – athletic tech fabrics, big sneakers, oversize graphic T-shirts and elegant tracksuits, but also crocodile backpacks and cashmere baseball tops – to a superbrand that had been overly content to sell its male clientele little more than monogrammed leather cases, belts and wallets.
More recently, at Dior, his shows merging suiting with streetwear and reworking tailoring for a modern audience generated buzz beyond the men’s market. They have shown Mr. Jones to be more plugged in to the outside world than some of his industry peers.
In July, for example, a week after the brand was criticised for casting an all-white ensemble of models for its women’s wear couture presentation as Black Lives Matter protest raged worldwide, Mr. Jones featured only models of color in his spring 2021 collection. It was designed in collaboration with the acclaimed Ghanaian portait painter Amoako Boafo. In December, Mr. Jones was named designer of the year at the Fashion Awards in London.
He will be expected to bring some of that magic to Fendi. The brand has seen robust growth in recent years, fueled by its savvy leather accessories, fur designs and a burgeoning fan base in China and Southeast Asia.
“I look forward to taking the Fendi universe to the next level with Kim”, Ms. Fendi said. Though Fendi is planning to hold a physical show – for fall-winter 2021/22 – on Sept. 23 in front of a reduced audience during Milan Fashion Week, Mr. Jones’s debut collection is planned for February, the company said. We can’t wait. Come into the beautiful world of Fendi.
Designed by Maria Grazia Chiuri, French Maison Christian Dior has unveiled a re-designed Bobby Bag as part of its Fall 2020 collection release. The new It bag pays homage to Monsieur Christian Dior’s beloved dog Bobby, who lent his name to many designs in the Maison’s archive. Bobby has also inspired a limited-edition perfume bottle, like a work of art in his image, designed by Fernand Guery-Colas among many other things.
A nod to monsieur Christian Dior’s dog, the Bobby carries an air of ‘timeless modernity’ with its contemporary contoured shape, smooth box calfskin that is selected for its superior quality., flexible suede interior and craftmanship.
The fashion house’s iconic signature ‘CD’ initials, made of antique gold-finished metal, is defined atop the classic military-style buckle which neatly hides the magnetic clasp of this petit flap bag. An emblematic signature, the ’30 Montaigne’, Dior’s landmark Paris address, is relief hand-embossed in tone-on-tone and finished by hand — giving a subtle echo of the eponymous emblematic bag.
Hand made in Florance, Italy, the Bobby Bag is available in three sizes and two versions: the calfskin and the embroidered Oblique Jacquard. The former is available in four colors of black, blue, latte and camel, and the latter just in the color blue.
These exceptional designs are realized in Florence, the beating heart of leather goods production, according to a precise and demanding artisanal savoir-faire.
A must-have piece in the collection for every apostle of Dior, the Bobby can be carried in the hand, worn on the shoulder, or cross-body thanks to its detachable shoulder straps. The latter also comes in matching leathers or an embroidered version, offering an endless possibility to mix and match for a resolute couture result.
Watch how the Bobby Bag is hand crafted in the video above. The Bobby Bag is available at Dior Boutiques, Dior’s official website, and selected stores worldwide.
Maison Dior announces the opening of a new pop-up store at 386 rue Saint Honoré, in the 1st arrondissement of Paris. This new space, which employs the same architectural concept as 44 Avenue Montaigne, houses an exclusive collection inspired by the Cruise show.
Maria Grazia Chiuri, artistic director of the women’s lines, has designed a collection that features elements from the Motherpeace tarot, created by Karen Vogel and Vicki Noble in the 1970s, across a number of pieces, including biker jackets, t-shirts and the iconic Lady Dior bag in a hand-painted incarnation.
To celebrate the opening of this new location, Maria Grazia Chiuri has also designed an exclusive series of six hand-painted leather shoppings bags.
Other Christian Dior pop up stores can be found in numerous locations including Berlin, Milan, and Miami.