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Dior Coats, Fall 2014 Couture

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The couture fashion week is here which only means that we get the chance to indulge ourselves with some breath-taking looks. I’m kicking off a series of posts dedicated to these collections starting with yesterday’s Dior runway presentation.

I have to admit that Dior has stopped being one of my favorite couture brands a while ago, perhaps because of the unflattering designs that seem quite repetitive or the red-carpet looks provided for the likes of Marion Cotillard and Jennifer Lawrence that fail to excite me. But, of course, that doesn’t stop me from checking out every new collection.

This Fall 2014 collection is a melange of looks, from elegant gowns to fur coats, modern short dresses and minimalist suits. What I really liked were the minimalist chic coats sweeping to the ground, the vivid accents of colors such as bright red and navy blue that lit up the understated black elegance and the utter comfort that exuded from these looks. It’s like Raf Simons found the perfect combination of couture and modern functionality! (more…)

The Magical World of Embroidery, Christian Dior Couture

christian-dior-couture-atelier-vermont-embroidery-details-flowers-style-2013-4Last summer it was announced that Christian Dior Couture acquired the Vermont embroidery ateliers which were founded by Jean Guy Vermont in 1956. The next two haute couture shows that have followed, the fall 2012 show and the very recent spring 2013 one, have been a delightful expression of what these French ateliers master,  which is the art of handmade embroidery. “Here, everything is done by hand, from the first drawing on tracing paper to the transformation of beads, sequins, silk and organza, for the embellishment of Raf Simons’ designs. The work is exceptionally minute, so that each thread, each sequin is in exactly the right place. Hands do everything”.The online Dior Magazine has published a collection of “behind the scene” pictures, close-ups of embroidery details and the process of sewing.

Based on a modern perspective of the couture concept, Raf Simons has created a collection that centers around the idea of flower-women .There are heavenly handmade dresses, corsets and jackets that abound in thorough embroidery detailing. In this case, the flowers, the sequins and the beans are a magical tool for the house’s creative designer who creates a  fairy storylike atmosphere. The setting was carefully aligned to the positive and joyful theme by Bureau Betak.

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pictures via: dior.com