Dior Cruise 2019

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“Each  of  the  women  presented  [in  this  volume]  is  one  and  multiple,  both  herself  and  many  others,  some  illustrious  and  some  less  well  known  to  us,  but  all  of  whom  resemble  her  in  some  way.”

Dior’s Artistic Director Maria Grazia Chiuri chose the noble setting of the Domaine de Chantilly for the Cruise 2019 collection. A prestigious symbol of the French art of living, the grandiose stables were built in the 18th Century by architect Jean Aubert. The choice of Chantilly marks a return to the house’s roots, as Christian Dior designed an evening dress inspired by the town of Chantilly for his second ever collection, for Fall/Winter 1947-1948.

The Cruise 2019 collection is inspired by the female riders, called escaramuzas, that compete in Mexico’s version of rodeo.

With their embellished sombreros and embroidered cotton dresses, which flare out into tiered skirts layered with petticoats, the riders cut dashing figures as they perform stunts at full gallop, all the while riding sidesaddle.

“The reason I like the escaramuzas is because they do something that is so macho — rodeo — in our vision, but they decided to do that in their traditional dresses which are so pretty, so feminine,” she said during a fitting at Dior’s ready-to-wear workshop in Paris.

The designs also hark back to Chantilly’s rich history of lacemaking. Chiuri used the delicate fabric, whether in graphic inlays or frothy ruffles, on full-skirted looks worn with chunky belts and her updated take on combat boots: a heavy-soled rubber and Neoprene lace-up design dubbed Diorcamp.

She gathered acres of tulle into featherlight petticoats, while sheer mesh skirts were delicately embroidered with lattice or Toile de Jouy motifs. The latter fabric, traditionally used for interiors, is something of a house signature, appearing in vintage creations such as a pair of shoes designed by Roger Vivier in 1956.

“Toile de Jouy is a very traditional Dior element. I decided to change the print. I put some animals to give it a twist, just a little bit ‘sauvage,’ less traditional,” said Chiuri. The pattern, featuring tigers and serpents, is woven through silk dresses or printed on more casual items like a trenchcoat or a denim shirt.

“You don’t necessarily have to buy a beautiful embroidered evening dress, you can also buy something more simple, like a pullover, with the same element,” she said. “You can find something that is really democratic, like denim, with a code that is really Dior, but that maintains this kind of couture culture.”

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BALENCIAGA FALL 2018 CAMPAIGN

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Balenciaga launched their Fall 2018 advertising campaign starring Martina Almquist, captured by photographer Ilya Lipkin with styling by Lotta Volkova.

The Demna Gvasalia-helmed brand recently hit up Instagram to tease featured looks from the lineup, while also announcing pre-order dates.

Images for the women’s designs showcase the label’s affinity for unstructured shapes, statement prints and tactile layering techniques, combining hefty outerwear with eclectic shirt combinations. Check out the images below.

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ABSOLUTELY ALTUZARRA AT BARNEYS

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Shop summer styles from Altuzarra exclusively at Barneys New York.

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House of Hackney’s collaboration with & Other Stories has dropped

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& Other Stories launched a collaboration with luxury British interiors and lifestyle brand House of Hackney.

Hyperrealist, trippy florals and foliage are splashed across dresses and skirts, wide trousers and voluminous blouses in a collection that oozes William Morris… on acid. There are also zebra-print bags, shoes and scarves, primarily made in sustainable materials such as TENCEL® and organic cotton.

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“The collection that we created together is a heightened version of nature. We were inspired by British psychedelia, vibrant fabrics from our local Ridley Road Market, and the bohemian mood of the Bloomsbury Group,” says house of Hackney co-founder Frieda Gormley.

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Dior Fall 2018 Campaign

Jennifer Lawrence is back for Dior’s new campaign. For Fall 2018, the House codes have been deconstructed and reworked in unprecedented plays of contrasts by Maria Grazia Chiuri. Inspired by the Surrealist artist, writer, photographer, actress, political activist and French Resistant Claude Cahun who was also openly homosexual and constantly questioned identity and gender, and the complex and ever-changing social constructs. Claude Cahun reinvented herself through photography, posing for the camera with a powerful sense of meaningful performance, whether dressed as a woman or a man, her hair long or totally shaved.

“Under this mask, another mask. I will never finish removing all these faces.” Claude Cahun (pseudonym of Lucy Schwob 1894-1954)

In his day, Monsieur Dior restored femininity to women through fashion, and today, with her Fall 2018 collection questioning identity and gender, Maria Grazia Chiuri desires women to have the necessary tools to be first and foremost vital beings and not characters in their own life.

“I wanted to take on the precision of the basics and materials that make up a man’s wardrobe. I sought to showcase the least explored part of Christian Dior’s legacy, an almost austere part, with the use of masculine fabrics and jackets, coats and shirts with rigorous lines. In the same way, I became interested in the work of Hedi Slimane with Petite Taille for Women, when he was Creative Director of Dior Homme,” says Maria Grazia Chiuri of Dior Fall 2018 collection.

Meghan Markle Picks Givenchy’s Clare Waight Keller for Her Wedding Dress

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Meghan Markle, who became Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Sussex, stepped out of a vintage Rolls-Royce in a minimal and an unembellished Givenchy Haute Couture dress by the British designer Clare Waight Keller, a diamond tiara on loan from Queen Elizabeth, and a veil bearing symbols of the Commonwealth, this bride was out to prove that she’s all about simplicity, heritage, respecting tradition — and serving her public.

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Waight Keller designed a veil representing the distinctive flora of each Commonwealth country, as the bride wanted to have all countries of the Commonwealth with her on her journey through the ceremony, according to Kensington Palace.

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Markle paired her Givenchy dress and veil with Queen Mary’s Diamond Bandeau Tiara, loaned to her by the Queen. The Diamond Bandeau is English and was made in 1932 from a brooch dating from 1893.

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As for her second dress, Markle turned to yet another female British designer to dress her on her wedding day: Stella McCartney.

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INDUSTREALITY |PRADA PRE-FALL 2018

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Prada unveiled their 365 Pre-fall 2018 ad campaign. Called ‘Industreality’ the images are captured by Wily Vanderperre in the fictitious factory set of the ‘Prada Warehouse’. Models Kris Grikaite, Anok Yai and Fran Summers posed with classicism against unexpected, utilitarian backdrops, to create an arresting contemporary contrast.

In the background, crates and boxes bear emblems drawn from the Prada universe – hallmarks, markers and talismans, indicating their point of origin. They, like these clothes, express the indelible and immediately-recognizable identity of Prada.

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CHANEL CRUISE 2018/19| LA PAUSA

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This year’s voyage started at the Grand Palais in Paris as nighttime fell over ‘La Pausa’, the CHANEL liner.

After choosing destinations such as Cuba and Seoul to showcase its resort collections, this season Chanel returned to Paris with the objective of celebrating the concept of cruise fashion in a literal sense.

Karl Lagerfeld created a marina, constructing a 330-foot-long ocean liner in the middle of the Grand Palais. Named La Pausa, after the villa in the South of France built by founder Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel in the Thirties, the replica ship was the spectacular backdrop for Chanel’s cruise collection, which drew guests including Margot Robbie, Kristen Stewart and Lily-Rose Depp.

“I like the idea of boats, of ocean liners during the interwar period and the rest, but in real life, I like houses on solid ground with my stuff all around me. I get claustrophobic [on boats] because you feel like you’re cut off from the world,” Karl told WWD.

Along gangways and out of cabins came models wearing patch pocket suits, tiered dresses and ripped jeans. There was the nautical theme, a blend of relaxed sportswear silhouettes with elements of Sixties pop such as miniskirts, white tights and silver or white Mary Janes, including a version with faintly clinical rubber soles.

The collection hinged on what he called the “flexible dress” — a design consisting of a separate top and skirt that revealed a sliver of midriff. An evening version contrasted embroidered sailor stripes with thick clusters of confetti sequins at the waist and sleeves.

Among the models showcasing this collection were Gigi and Bella Hadid. They were joined by Camille Hurel, Marjan Jonkman, Luna Bijl and Cara Taylor.

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