A Study of Contrasts at Dior Fall 2014 Couture

This collection is so difficult to review. Here’s why, it’s because it is:

luxurious yet understated, old-fashioned yet modern, complex yet simple,serious yet irreverent, innovative yet basic… and the list goes on. To complete it, just find any clothing related adjective and find it’s antonym. I guarantee you it will work!

So, where do I start? The first thing that struck me was that the runway collection itself seemed to describe a short history of (mostly French) fashion, set in no particular order. It begins with silk jacquard 18th-century, Marie-Antoinette inspired dresses:

Notice how the couldn't be more old-fashioned panier silhouette is super modern
Notice how the couldn’t be more old-fashioned panier silhouette is super modern

progresses to the long sweeping Edwardian coats of the 1900s:

The color-blocking of these vibrant colors is very reminiscent of Phoebe Philo
The color-blocking of these vibrant colors is very reminiscent of Phoebe Philo

to the 1920s:

Swingy silhouette: check. 1920s length: check. But the pattern and those gorgeous shoes are very fresh.
Swingy silhouette: check. 1920s length: check. But the pattern and those gorgeous shoes are very fresh.

jumps to powersuits:

Instant sleek.
Instant sleek.

and finally, addresses the ultimate frontier, astronaut inspired jumpsuits:

I never thought I would ever say I love an astronaut inspired jumpsuit, but I do. So tough and delicate at the same time.
I never thought I would say I love an astronaut inspired jumpsuit, but I do. So tough and delicate at the same time.

And I can’t help but include my absolute favorite piece. It really doesn’t require an explanation:

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I am in awe of this collection. It defies tradition while embracing it, which has become Raf Simon’s signature while at the helm of Dior. Keep in mind that this is couture, the highest of high fashion. Although in this case it looks more like ready to wear. I cannot even begin to imagine how luxurious the materials must be in person… excuse my daydreaming…

Often designers heap bow onto bow, lace onto lace, and intricate design upon intricate design, top it all with glitter and mistakenly proclaim that this is what constitutes couture. Yes, the clothes are certainly a masterpiece, but the vision isn’t. Who wants to look like walking bedazzled cotton candy? And most importantly, why would anyone want to look like bedazzled cotton candy? Raf Simons is acutely aware that true luxury is not represented by one dress that is only worn for special occasions, but by sophisticated pieces that may be  consistently rotated throughout an everyday wardrobe.

True couture is shy, it doesn’t want to be recognized on the street (except by fellow fashion lovers of course).

xoxo,

Chiara

Making the Ordinary Extraordinary

For the last three weeks I’ve been obsessing over ombre manicures. They’re so fun!

These are the shades of red, blue, and green I’ve been loving:

Chanel Pirate, Essie (I forgot the name), Essie Lollipop, Essie Saturday Disco Fever, Essie Resort Fling
Chanel Pirate, Essie (I forgot the name), Essie Lollipop, Essie Saturday Disco Fever, Essie Resort Fling
J.Crew Face Stockholm, Essie Coat Azure, Essie (I forgot the name), Essie Truth or Flare, Essie Find me an Oasis
J.Crew Face Stockholm, Essie Coat Azure, Essie (I forgot the name), Essie Truth or Flare, Essie Find me an Oasis
Essie Naughty Nautical, Essie Mojito Madness, Essie First Timer, Essie Truth or Flare, Essie Find  me an Oasis
Essie Naughty Nautical, Essie Mojito Madness, Essie First Timer, Essie Truth or Flare, Essie Find me an Oasis

I like to start with the darkest shade at my thumb and end with the lightest shade at my pinky. Finding new color combinations is entertaining and the result is such an interesting departure from standard manicures. Right now I can’t imagine painting my nails just one color again!

Before I end this quick post, I’d like to mention something else I’ve discovered. Lemons! They’re so delicious, and I don’t only mean their juice. Last night while I was making myself an extreme lemonade, i.e. squeezing an entire lemon and pouring the entire juice into water without sugar, I began wondering if simply eating a lemon would taste better than lemonade. So I tried it and it was a revelation. And trust me, it is beyond amazing… especially if you love acidity. It’s crisp, cool, and instantly refreshing – perfect for those sweltering summer days. And in addition to carrying loads of vitamins it wakes you up just like coffee! No joke. I’m officially obsessed. So if you’re feeling particularly brave or bored one fateful day, try it out – I promise you won’t regret it.

I hope you don’t think I’m (too) weird.

xoxo,

Chiara

p.s. Tell me what you guys think! What do you think about ombre nails and lemons? Or just drop by a hello, it always makes me happy 🙂