This editorial has to be by far the BEST Vogue has had all year!
Carey Mulligan in Chanel Haute Couture chiffon, feather, and tulle dress with flouncing open shoulders. Twenties headband from New York Vintage.
Photographed by Mario Testino
For quite some time their had been speculation of who would possibly take over the House of Dior since the infamous exit of John Galliano back in 2011. Many famous names were mentioned as Galliano’s successor. It wasn’t until this past April that Raf Simons was announced as the Creative Director to the Dior label leaving behind a six year career with Jil Sander.
Fast forward to July 2012 during Haute Couture week in Paris and here comes Raf Simons debut collection for the French fashion house. With rave reviews, a top notch celebrity front row (including Sharon Stone, Jennifer Lawrence & Marion Cottilard) and a golden lineup of Designers (Donatella Versace, Marc Jacobs, Diane Von Furstenberg, Alber Elbaz among others) in attendance to support this new beginning at Dior. Mr. Simons took inspiration from the love of flowers that Christian Dior once had and used it to design the rooms at a private house on the Avenue d’Iena for the show.
The collection was ultra chic, 50’s inspired and feminine with a color palette that varied from subtle greys, pale pink and blacks to bold red, deep purple and blues. Geometric elements together with beads, ribbons, strapless dresses and flawless tailored suits were included. Overall, this was without a doubt a strong beginning for Raf Simons and a crowd pleaser for those rooting for the future of this iconic fashion institution.
|CHRISTIAN DIOR CREATIVE DIRECTOR, RAF SIMONS|
CELEBRITIES IN ATTENDANCE
|Dior channels 50’s Glamour|
|The collection reflected back at the history of Dior|
|Chiffons, lace, full circled skirts & organza were all a part of this collection.|
Inspired by Coco Chanel’s love for Chinese culture and art, Lagerfeld drew inspiration for this Fall 1996 Couture coat from the multiple Chinese screens in Chanel’s apartment. The entire coat is composed of individually placed red and gold sequins. Due to the intricacy of the patterns, the embroidery took a notable 800 hours at the Parisian embroidery house Lesage.