La Bombe Dior

19/10/2012 § 3 Comments

Tourbillon dress and bolero in black crepe wool,
Haute Couture collection Fall-Winter 1957-1958. Ligne Fuseau
Aventure outfit, jacket with black and white houndstooth, pencil skirt in black wool.
Haute Couture collection Spring-Summer 1948. Ligne Envol
Abandon dress in black wool, Haute Couture Fall-Winter collection 1948-1949. Ligne Ailée
Arizona wool coat in cherry red. Haute couture Fall-Winter collection 1948-1949. Ligne ailée.
Porto Rico dress with black and white polka dot.
Haute Couture Fall-Winter collection 1954-1955. Ligne H

Portugal evening gown in white organdie with cerise embroidery
Haute Couture Spring-Summer collection 1957. Ligne Libre

 I suppose that when one is Marion Cotillard, it is practically all in a day’s work to pose in iconic haute couture pieces from the Dior archive — created by Monsieur Dior himself — and transform oneself into the “The Dior Bombshell” for amazing photographs by Jean-Baptiste Mondino as part of the Lady Dior web documentary.

Le sigh.  She looks so perfect that it almost difficult to be jealous.*

*Please note I said “almost.”

Video: Natalie Portman for Miss Dior Cherie

22/02/2011 § 2 Comments

Adriana Lima for Vogue Italia February 2011 {also, Inspired: Fellini’s 8 1/2}

17/02/2011 § 4 Comments

I am seeing shades of Fellini…

Photos by Vincent Peters, via FGR.

Indulge your inner femme fatale in this slick stretch
satin dress from Agent Provocateur, available here.
Guido won’t know what to do with himself.

Image via Net-a-Porter.

Finish off the look with a dramatic eye.  DiorShow Blackout mascara is my go-to for ridiculously long, inky eyelashes.  Go for the non-waterproof version, which is much easier to get off at the end of the night.  Or the next morning, depending on how the night goes, I suppose.  Available here.

Image via Sephora.

Life Imitates Art

26/01/2011 § Leave a comment

Backstage at Christian Dior Haute Couture S/S 2011
Image via Vogue Paris
Illustration by René Gruau

Timeless: Dior Haute Couture S/S 2011

24/01/2011 § Leave a comment

Galliano channels Monsieur Dior and illustrator René Gruau to create a truly timeless haute couture collection for S/S 2011 that embodies the spirit and style of the House of Dior.  The looks are nostalgic and forward-looking at the same time.  J’adore!

polished, tailored, ladylike…
drama and elegance…
luxury and detail…

Must. Have. These. Shoes…
Via Stylelite
The always amazing Karlie Kloss

Via Telegraph UK

Quite Continental Wants: Dior Vernis Gris Montaigne

19/01/2011 § 2 Comments

Finally available at Dior.com for purchase, the limited edition F/W 2010 Dior Gris Vernis City Collection is an interpretation of the color grey for the “3 capitals of fashion and luxury: Paris, London and New York

From left (via Dior):

  • Bond Street, LONDON : A grey London fog infused with a touch of blue, urban chic…
  • Gris Montaigne, PARIS :  Sleek and elegant, the very iconic color of the Dior House.
  • NY 57th, NEW YORK : A metallic asphalt, a homage to the dusky light of the Manhattan skyline.

This Fall, I was drawn to Gris Montaigne.  I will admit I wasn’t an immediate fan of the grey trend for nails, but there is something very cool and refined about Gris Montaigne.  While I saw shades of grey that had some ladies looking like they had slammed both hands in a door, this lacquer sparked a desire to change my usual routine.  (Sidenote: I have signature shades for my own nails, depending on the season.  I am an OPI devotee and almost always have on “Big Apple Red” (S/S), “I’m Not Really A Waitress” (F/W) or “I’m With Brad” (F/W).  Sidenote to the sidenote: Who comes up with these names?)

As for Bond St and NY 57th, I can already hear my mother’s voice asking me why I have Halloween nails on — and it’s true, the colors are a bit to bold for my taste.  But Gris Montaigne, the same neutral color as the House of Dior on Avenue Montaigne in Paris, strikes that perfect combination of classic and fashion forward.

Luckily, Gris Montaigne is a basic element of Dior Spring 2011 beauty, a collection of elegant pinks and greys so there is plenty of time for you to experiment with grey nails — but Gris Montaigne is still limited edition, so act fast.  Aside from Dior.com, it’s currently available at Sephora and Nordstrom.

Dior Illustrated: René Gruau and the Line of Beauty

23/12/2010 § 1 Comment

While I was in London, I had the good fortune to catch the René Gruau exhibition at the Somerset House.  If you are able to make it there before it closes, you must go!  Gruau was a renowned fashion illustrator who was a creative collaborator and close friend of Christian Dior.  Gruau’s campaigns for the Dior perfumes are among his most notable work as an artist.  Gruau’s style was modern, elegant and frequently a bit mischievous.  His haute couture illustrations for the pages of magazines like Marie Claire, Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar changed the way that fashion designers and their designs were publicized.  Today’s fashion editorials owe a deep debt to illustrators like Gruau.

Unfortunately photography was forbidden inside, but the Somerset House has posted a brief film about the exhibition, which is the first showing of Gruau’s work in London.

Runs through Jan 9.
Somerset House – Strand London WC2R 1LA – Tel: +44 (0)20 7845 4600

Premiere: Lady Dior ~ Lady Grey London

10/12/2010 § Leave a comment

Today is a day of updates, it seems…

Directed by John Cameron Mitchell.  Featuring Sir Ian McKellen.

Earlier:  Quite Continental Jets to London, Just Like Lady Dior

Quite Continental Jets to London, Just Like Lady Dior

03/12/2010 § 1 Comment

In the last installment of the Lady Dior campaign for Christian Dior, Oscar-winning actress Marion Cotillard finds herself in London as Lady Grey.  Previously seen in New York, Shanghai and Paris, the latest episode will premiere on December 8 at www.ladydior.com In the meantime, you can amuse yourself with a mysterious teaser.  Watch as Lady Grey makes her choice…(choice of what/who, I can’t yet be sure!)

I’ve included the previous installments for those not yet caught up:

Lady Noir (Paris)
Director: Oliver Dahan

Lady Rouge (New York)
Director: Jonas Askerlund

Lady Blue (Shanghai)
Director: David Lynch

In other (semi-related)news…I will be hopping across the pond for a week!  I’m hearing rumors of oppressive snow drifts and travel woes, but I’m putting on a brave face.  And my wellies.

Au revoir!

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