MORE DIOR

Jul 25, 2013by tracey Comments

 

By now everyone knows I am a purse fanatic.   A few weeks ago I was in the elevator and standing next to me was a woman carrying the most gorgeous handbag. I had never seen one like it.  It was the perfect shape, constructed of the most supple leather, it was chic and practical at the same time. It was black on the outside and deep magenta on the inside.  The leather folded  back like the hem of a couture gown so you could see that the inside was a different color. I was to learn later this was done on purpose. I was to learn at that moment – because I blurted out “Who made that purse?”  That it was made by Dior.

I was also in the enviable position that that perfect purse was hanging off the arm of someone who worked at Dior.  She must have seen the hunger and longing in my eyes ( I was about as subtle as my French Bulldog at dinner time)  as she gave me her card and said “Get in touch.”  The second I hit my floor I ran to my computer and emailed her.

Three days later I was given a tour of the Dior store on 57th Street. A store I am not unfamiliar with, but like with many stores, I don’t go in and look at the details.  I go in to browse the merchandise.  But during the hour I spent there the meticulous details of the Peter Marino design were shown to me.  I looked at the store in ways I never had, and of course took in the collection at the same time.

If you like fashion you would have to live under a rock to not know Dior had some issues a few years back.   I don’t want to harp on them because they have  moved on; and for my taste in a much better direction.  Under the overly capable and respectful hands of Belgian designer Raf Simons the line has been reborn.

And Simons has not taken the iconic name and overloaded it with his own outlandish style. Well, Simons style is not outlandish. It’s clean, it’s chic and he has gone back to the original archives but put a fresh spin on them. He has taken certain original designs from both Christian Dior , Marc Bohan and all the other former Dior designers and updated them just enough so they look right for now, but timeless and very Dior.

The new bag, well, there are two that are quite mesmerizing. One is the one that caught my eye in the elevator, it’s called the Diorissmo and I think will be a staple in the collection for years to come.

Simons has designed  the Bar Bag, which is inspired by the nipped in waist Bar jacket that Dior did in the forties and fifties.  The bag can be worn two ways. In it’s original form it resembles the hour glass sillotette of a woman’s body,  with the nipped in waist Dior was famous for. But I if you want you can unhook it and  it trapezes out into the shape of the moment. It’s timeless and pretty perfect and are you reading this Glenn? The pale pink had me at hello. Are you reading this Glenn?

Words don’t do any of it justice. Blessedly they allowed me to take as many photos as I wanted.

After years of not paying much attention to Dior outside of sunglasses an makeup I can now honestly say I must see More Dior.

Glenn ~ I’m in the next room if you need to discuss this blog.

The bench that greets you when you walk in. It is always filled with flowers. Christian Dior loved fresh flowers. Lily of the Vally being his favorite. In fact in used to sew fresh ones in the hems of his couture gowns so they smell would waft across the room as the dresses moved.
The bench that greets you when you walk in. It is always filled with flowers. Christian Dior loved fresh flowers. Lily of the Valley and Roses being his favorites. In fact in used to sew fresh ones in the hems of his couture gowns so they smell would waft across the room as the dresses moved.

 

The theme of flowers is everywhere here you see the lily of the valleys on the ceiling.
The theme of flowers is everywhere here you see the lily of the valleys on the ceiling.

 

The now Iconic Lady Dior bag made for Princess Diana. Appropriate to show this week.
The now Iconic Lady Dior bag made for Princess Diana. Appropriate to show this week.

 

The quilting that has become famous on so many things Dior is called Cannage. It started in 1947 with his first fashion show - the chairs were covered in it and from there it went on to be part of the label in different forms.
The quilting that has become famous on so many things Dior is called Cannage. It started in 1947 with his first fashion show – the chairs were covered in it and from there it went on to be part of the label in different forms.

 

You can see it here on the side of the glasses.
You can see it here on the side of the glasses.
This was the bag that caught my eye.
This was the bag that caught my eye. It’s called The Diorissimo.
Here it is in yellow skin.
Here it is in yellow skin.

 

You see the drape. It folds down on its own.
You see the drape. It folds down on its own.

 

 

The inside is quite pretty too. They all have clutches tucked inside.
The inside is quite pretty too. They all have clutches tucked inside.

 

They have also brought back the old Christian Dior stamp.
They have also brought back the old Christian Dior stamp.

 

The new Bar Bag
The new Bar Bag

 

Here is a design detail I would have missed on my own, the curtains are meant to look like the hem of a ball gown.
Here is a design detail I would have missed on my own, the curtains are meant to look like the hem of a ball gown, with jewels and feathers.
The staircase that leads to the second floor.
The staircase that leads to the second floor. No, that is not a real girl.

 

 

The walls going up the stairs allow you to believe you are in fact in Paris.
The walls going up the stairs trick you to believe you are in fact in Paris.
See what I mean? Could have fooled me.
See what I mean? Could have fooled me.

 

Artist Philip Bradshaw recreated Fragonard's The Swing in chains.
Artist Philip Bradshaw recreated Fragonard’s The Swing in chains.
Another detail I would have bypassed en route to the shoes.
Another detail I would have bypassed en route to the shoes.
It looks and feels the way a couture shop should. Despite the fact it's ready to wear, it does have the aura a Parisian shop from the time of Dior. It's a perfect mix of the old and the new.
It looks and feels the way a couture shop should. Despite the fact it’s ready to wear, it does have the aura of a Parisian shop from the time of Dior. It’s a perfect mix of the old and the new.
Part of the collection hanging with Paris in the background.
Part of the collection hanging with a Parisian park in the background.

 

Dior mixed Houndstooth and Prince of Wales plaid. This coat is a new take on the his tradition.
Dior was very fond of Houndstooth and Prince of Wales plaid. So Simons has married the two in this jacket.

 

I like this pink coat quite a lot.
I like this pink coat quite a lot.

 

 

Everything old is new again. This dress could have been made in the fifties except it has such a modern edge.
Everything old is new again. This dress could have been made in the fifties except it has such a modern edge of today.