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

Rihanna’s Fenty Collection Skips NYFW

Rihanna modeling fur slides from her Fenty x Puma line.
Rihanna modeling fur slides from her Fenty x Puma line.

According to WWD, Rihanna’s Fenty collection will skip showing at next month’s New York Fashion Week.

Instead, the brand will hold retail events at Bergdorf Goodman and Six:02 on September 6. Both shops will have a 24-hour exclusive on the collection before distribution goes wide on Sept. 7. Bergdorf Goodman will only carry apparel from the collection, while Six:02 will also carry shoes. Six:02 opens its first Manhattan store on 34th Street next week.


Denver Fashion Weekend 2015 | Night One and Two

Denver Fashion Weekend presented by Schomp Automotive kicked off on Wednesday, April 29th. I had a chance not only to attend, but also to be a part of the 303 Magazine’s team during the fashion weekend. It was pretty much exciting for me.

The first night was about the 303 awards. Many of Denver’s elite came to City Hall Amphitheater to support local designers, boutiques, restaurants and more for the 303 Awards as well as the Southwest Hairstyling Awards. Here is the list of the winners of the 303 Awards.

Best Restaurant: Sushi Den
Best Salon: El Salon
Best Spa: The Spa at the Brown Palace
Best Male Model: Caleb Gardner
Best Designer: Jiberish
Best Men’s Boutique: Jiberish
Best Women’s Boutique: Fancy Tiger
Best Fashion Photographer: Kevin Alexander
Best Female Model: Antoinette Rose
Best Street Artist: Like Minded Productions
Best Artist: Natascha Seideneck
Denver Icon/303 Hall of Fame: Peyton Manning

The night two was all about streetwear and lifestyle, featuring designs by INKY INK, GENIUZ, SHOP ZOE LIFE, FOX and DUCATI. I liked the presentation and the energy. It was really exciting and unique.

The best is yet to come. Saturday May 2nd and Sunday May 3rd featuring designers MONA LUCERO, RACHEL MARIE HURST, OSCAR UTIERRE. SCOTCH & SODA Amsterdam Couture will be presenting the best men’s and women’s looks from the latest Spring/Summer 2015 Collection.This is their first runway presentation in Colorado.

There are few tickets left. Don’t miss the chance. Click here to get your tickets.