Dior Spring Summer 2021 Haute Couture collection pays subtle homage to Monsieur Dior, who also believed in the signs of destiny. “Being superstitious, I rushed to touch the slightest piece of wood,” he confided in his autobiography. A mesmerizing passion, filled with a sense of magic and dreams.

Fascinated by Italo Calvino’s novel The Castle of Crossed Destinies, Maria Grazia Chiuri chose to design her collection using the wonderful Visconti-Sforza tarot cards for exceptional creations symbolizing the major arcana. A tale celebrating the magical beauty of the divinatory arts.

Tarot cards are among the keys to accessing the magical realm, to explore the unknown while fearlessly looking deep inside oneself. Maria Grazia Chiuri immediately felt a connection with these imaginary worlds and this visual language whose symbolic lexicon is rich in complex and fascinating characters. In uncertain times marked by a palpable desire to reconnect with the world’s soul, Maria Grazia Chiuri wished to explore, through the spring-summer 2021 haute couture collection, the mysterious and pluralistic beauty of the tarot in a series of dresses featuring virtuoso constructions; manifest proof that couture remains the ultimate territory of experimentation and possibility.

A series of extraordinary evening gowns features abstract constructions, some with veritable bas-relief openwork bodices punctuated with illustrations by Pietro Ruffo. In this spirit, the Roman artist created a singular deck of cards in which characters disclose the graphic energy of the symbols.

Dior gray appears in tweed, cashmere and organza on shirts, skirts, pants and capes. Meanwhile, the Bar jacket is revisited in black velvet, its curves reinterpreted to express a new attitude.

In his staging of these haute couture creations, Matteo Garrone, one of Italy’s most high-profile directors, builds on the narrative iconography by drawing on the visual force of the Visconti-Sforza tarot. Decorated by the illuminator Bonifacio Bembo for the Duke of Milan in the 15th century, this tarot deck illustrates the marvelous tale of this collection. Splendid cards embellished in gold, enamel, and vegetal and geometric interlacing have a solemn and enigmatic presence, revealing an inner journey, like an adventure of self-discovery. A voyage to the heart of a castle populated by characters embodying the major arcana who question and disorient, inviting the viewer to look at the world from a new perspective. In the director’s interpretation, this quest surpasses gender boundaries, presenting a synthesis of masculine and feminine in a new heraldic mythology evoking the enchanted worlds Matteo Garrone loves.

A clairvoyant asks to draw a card in a deck designed as a catalogue of possibilities, a cryptic dictionary of the world. The High Priestess, the Empress, Justice and the Fool, are notably sublimated through excellence of savoir-faire celebrating the art of weaving: lace is inlaid with hand-painted embellishments, golden velvet is enlivened with the signs of the zodiac and precious jacquards are sprinkled with stars, while a cape in multicolored feathers showcases 3D volumes.

In this story, the insider always needs the feminine complement and vice versa, because only such a fusion makes it possible to approach a formative path leading to self-awareness. As Italo Calvino points out in The Castle of Crossed Destinies: “The world has to be read upside-down”.

Source: DIOR.COM

Best Runway Shoes Fall 2015

There’s nothing quite so beautiful as a good pair of heels, and this fashion month was full of “I’m in love with those shoes” moments. From innovative takes on classic pumps to the perfect fall booties. Here I have chosen my most favorites from all the major runways. I think those are shoes that every woman needs in her closet. Tell me which ones were your favorites? Continue reading “Best Runway Shoes Fall 2015”

20 Best Paris Street Style Moments: Spring 2015 Couture

Viktor & Rolf Haute Couture SS15

My all time favorite perfume “Flowerbomb” instantly comes to mind, as we see the physical iteration of flowers on the runway. The flowers grew from Dutch textiles company Vlisco – their wax fabric was made into giant babydoll dresses and stiffened with smocking, ruffles and petticoats. The lullaby from Rosemary’s Baby accompanied the walking sculptures, as the floral prints were brought to life in the form of cut-outs, which seemed to lift off the fabric. Even the outline of the flowers came away. Innocent straw hats grew in weight and scale, as huge bunches of wheat sheafs and woven straw flowers became entangled with the flowers blooming from the dresses. We’ve seen a return to nature’s good and great this week at haute couture, but here, Viktor & Rolf let the garden grow wild.

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Ulyana Sergeenko Couture Spring 2015

After five seasons on the haute couture runway, Ulyana Sergeenko presented her new collection in a salon at Le Bristol hotel today. The optics of the situation weren’t so hot: Untrained Russian ingenue makes a big, expensive splash complete with an endorsement from model Natalia Vodianova, only to be forced to downsize a couple of years later.

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Chanel Spring 2015 Couture

It took six months to make the 300 flowers that decorated the Chanel set today. Karl Lagerfeld claimed the show came to him in an electronic flash. “One morning in bed, I saw it in a second.” Which certainly beats most people’s dyspeptic awakenings. But that is Lagerfeld sees other worlds—and then he makes them. In the case of his new couture show it was a garden, magic garden.

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