70 years after his debut, an exhibition argues the designer’s “New Look” ushered in a new France. From writer James McAuley :
PARIS — It was known as the “New Look,” a new style for a new woman — but mostly for a new France.
On Feb. 12, 1947, less than two years after the bitter end of World War II, a largely unknown 42-year-old couturier debuted his first collection under his own name. In the past, Christian Dior had only ever known meager success, but on that day, in the perfumed salons of his studio on Paris’s Avenue Montaigne, he would make history.
The designs he presented in that inaugural show were significant in and of themselves: after years of war and occupation — when, to say the least, utility had supplanted beauty as the metric that mattered — here, enfin, were whimsical designs that celebrated decadence and…
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At 5am last Saturday, approximately eight hours after Dolce & Gabbana’s women’s Alta Moda show had finished, the final clients filed out of the temporary changing cabins, having placed their orders.
The savvy and/or decisive had reserved their preferences via text or Whatsapp while their favourite looks were still progressing around the catwalk (there’s a discount for early birds).
Fit is not an issue, since this is made-to-measure. Besides, these are experienced shoppers who have usually ascended to the high altitudes of Alta Moda via Dolce & Gabbana’s ready-to-wear collections. They know which shapes work for them, and, explains Coco Brandolini, who works in the Alta Moda client department, “if they‘re coming for the first time, their assigned shoppers [who are employed by the company] will advise them”.
Out of a total of 116 looks just 12 remained by close of play…
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Focusing on dreamy floral prints, the July 2017 issue of Grazia UK offers summer inspiration with this editorial. Model Susanne Knipper poses for the lens of Kate Powers in the outdoor shoot. Stylist Liz Thody selects airy dresses featuring ruffles, lace as well as ribbons for the blonde to wear. Susanne looks stunning in designs… [Read More]
Rising star Alanna Arrington graces the pages of Vogue Arabia’s July 2017 issue. Photographed by Michael Schwartz (Atelier Management), the American beauty tries on standout looks from pre-fall collections. Stylist Emily Barnes selects the perfect pieces for the transitional season. From knitwear to breezy blouses, the curly haired beauty wears the designs of Joseph, Miu… [Read More]
Sung Hee Kim heads to the beach for the latest issue of Harper’s Bazaar Korea. Photographed by AhnJooyoung, the Korean model shines in standout looks from the summer collections. From ruffled dresses to embroidered tops as well as chic boots, Sung Hee shines in the designs of Louis Vuitton, Saint Laurent, Hermes and more.
My favorite looks from designer Maria Grazia Chiuri ‘s Christian Dior Resort 2018 collection :
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