DIOR SPRING-SUMMER 2021 HAUTE COUTURE COLLECTION

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”.

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The Fashion Revolution | Stella McCartney for The EDIT

The latest cover star of The EDIT—Stella McCartney, her lifestyle and career choices have always defied convention, but now that she has full control of her eponymous label, STELLA McCARTNEY is ready to redefine the rules around ethical and sustainable fashion once again. Wearing elevated yet effortless tailoring, the designer and activist talks about the future of sustainable fashion and how to feel empowered through your wardrobe.

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Bella Hadid Takes Spring’s Structured Handbag for a Spin

In the latest issue of US Vogue model Bella Hadid takes spring’s structured handbag for a walk around Solvang, California, where Danish charm meets sun-filled sweetness.

Hadid with a Prada bag, top, and shorts. Salvatore Ferragamo sandals.

Gucci bag. Salvatore Ferragamo coat, shirt, and shorts. Valentino Garavani earrings.

Celine by Hedi Slimane bag. Hermés dress and romper (worn underneath dress). Miu Miu sandals. Nina Runsdorf earrings.

Balenciaga bag. Fendi shirt and shorts. Aurelie Bidermann earrings. Valentino Garavani belt.

Louis Vuitton bag. Balenciaga dress. Walters Faith earrings.

Miu Miu bag. Dries Van Noten top and pants. Balenciaga earrings. Mounser, Salvatore Ferragamo, and David Yurman bracelets.

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Tory Burch bag. Tod’s blazer and shirt. Calvin Klein 205W39NYC skirt. Miu Miu sandals.

Marc Jacobs bag. Roberto Cavalli jacket and shorts. Jennifer Fisher earrings.

In this story: Hair: Tamara McNaughton; Makeup: Romy Soleimani; Manicure: Kim Truong. Tailor: Susie’s Custom Design, Inc. Produced by Kristen Terry for Rosco Production. 

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JULIA ROBERTS FOR HARPER’S BAZAAR NOVEMBER 2018

hbz-november-2018-julia-roberts-1539201076America’s favorite pretty woman, Julia Roberts, rock climbs in couture for Harper’s Bazaar November 2018 issue. Julia is interviewed by Oprah Winfrey and opens up on her new projects (Amazon’s Homecoming and Ben Is Back), turning 50, social media, aging in the spotlight and more—while she dares to face her fear of heights and literally climbs to new heights in the season’s most breathtaking couture in Harper’s BAZAAR US’s November Daring issue, on newsstands October 23rd.

The covers are photographed by Alexi Lubomirski with styling by Elizabeth Stewart (Julia wears Giambattista Valli Couture and Dior). Hair and makeup by Serge Normant and Genevieve Herr, manicurist Lisa Jachno.

The interview will also be available on “Oprah’s SuperSoul Conversations” podcast starting October 23rd on Apple Podcasts(ApplePodcasts.com/OprahSuperSoul) and other podcast platforms.

Oprah Winfrey: “The theme of Harper’s Bazaar this month is daring, and so you actually decided that you were going to do something daring because you’re afraid of heights. That’s what I heard. Is that correct?”

Julia Roberts: “I am afraid of heights and it’s funny because I’ve always been afraid of heights… Of course [Harper’s BAZAAR wasn’t] going to put me in incredible peril, and we did things that were just high enough and just scary enough where I could still smile and throw my gown up into the air.”

OW: “Do you remember when your kids finally first realized that you were Julia Roberts, America’s beloved-sweetheart actress, Academy Awardwinner?”

Julia Roberts: “I don’t think they will ever have a true sense of that. I think I told you once when they were starting to figure it out, it was like, “You’re famous?” And I said, “I think a lot of people might have seen the movie that I’m in or might know who I am.” Maybe an hour goes by. “Are you more famous than Taylor Swift?””

OW: “Stedman and I lived in the tabloids for so many years, and it was hard on his family members and some of my family members, and I couldn’t imagine if we had children and every other week there’s some story about him leaving me, me getting dumped, or me leaving him. I know you have experienced this very thing. Are you able to keep that away from your kids?”

JR: “For the most part. Sometimes we are in the grocery store and I won’t even know something is out, but we’ll see a tabloid and we’ll all be standing there like, “Oh, that’s uncomfortable. This is really uncomfortable.” It can still hurt my feelings, because I’m so proud of my marriage. We just celebrated being married for 16 years this Fourth of July, and there’s so much happiness wrapped up in what we’ve found together. What I like is when they write, “the $150 million divorce,” and then a week later a different tabloid says, “the $275 million divorce.” I’m like, “Well, somebody got a paycheck in the last week. This is getting good.” Read more here.

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Five Covers of WSJ. Magazine September 2018

The Wall Street Journal’s WSJ. Magazine presented five covers of the tenth anniversary September issue. Photographed by Inez and Vinoodh and features ten models who have regularly appeared in the magazine’s pages over the years: Imaan Hammam, Andreea Diaconu, Tao Okamoto, Rianne Van Rompaey, Freja Beha ErichsenAnna EwersAdwoa Aboah, Carolyn Murphy, Karlie Kloss and Doutzen Kroes. Styled by George Cortina, the women wear Givenchy, Balenciaga and Marc Jacobs, illustrating the “80s glam sub-current that’s running through fashion right now,” said O’Neill.

Beyoncé For Vogue US September 2018

Beyoncé covers the September 2018 issue of the American Vogue magazine. Photographed by Tyler Mitchell. The cover is styled by Tonne Goodman with hair and makeup by Neal Farinah and Sir John. Beyoncé poses in different designs from Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Valentino, Dior and many more.  Inside the issue she speaks in Her Own Words: Her life, her body and her heritage.

Topics covered include the challenges she faced when giving birth to her twins Rumi and Sir, her struggle with body acceptance, her family history, her decision to tap Mitchell to photograph the cover, her Coachella performance, she and Jay-Z’s On the Run II tour, and more.

ABSOLUTELY ALTUZARRA AT BARNEYS

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Shop summer styles from Altuzarra exclusively at Barneys New York.

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COOL TO BE KIND| LILY ALDRIDGE FOR PORTER EDIT

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This week’s cover star of The EDIT, Lily Aldridge models the ultra-cool updates of the season, wearing designs from Saint Laurent, Givenchy, Chloe, Calvin Klein, to name a few. Photographed by Alexander Saladrigas with styling by Helen Broadfoot.

She’s often described as one of the nicest models in the industry, but LILY ALDRIDGE says she has struggled with everything from social-media trolls to judgmental casting agents and her own self-confidence. NATALIE EVANS-HARDING meets a woman rising above – in more ways than one.

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The Nine Daughters | Vogue Italia March 2018

866184-800wModels Natasha Poly, Mica Arganaraz, Alec Pollentier, Alyssa Traoré, Cosima Lagae, Daan Duez, Fran Summers, Hannah Motler, Jolie Alien, Luca Lemaire, Nimue Smit, Zwaan Bijl pose for Vogue Italia March 2018 issue. Titled ‘The Nine daughters’, the editorial is captured by Willy Vanderperre with styling by Olivier Rizzo. Hair by Holli Smith and make-up by Francelle.

NATALIA VODIANOVA FOR PORTER EDIT

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Supermodel, mother-of-five and the driving force behind children’s charity The Naked Heart Foundation,Natalia Vodianova covers Porter Edit 2018. Photographed by Alique and styled by Morgan Pilcher. Natalia more than lives up to her ‘Supernova’ nickname. She tells EMMA SELLS what she’s learned about fashion, fundraising and the power of persuasion.

“I love modeling because it gives me a break from the everyday challenges that I meet with my philanthropicwork, which really is just very stressful. [Modeling] is almosttherapeutic

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