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Le Petit Théâtre Dior. The Exhibition.

A beautiful exhibition Le Petit Théâtre Dior presenting the most iconic Dior dresses in miniature was shown in Chengdu, China, being the first stop of a world tour. It is hard to believe that those sixty masterpieces were created in the Couture atelier, following original patterns. For those who had no chance to see it in person, some highlights as released by Dior.

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Dior Secret Garden – Versailles. The Film.

Michelle Williams for Louis Vuitton.

Happy-Go-Lucky Book Review. “Dior. A New Look, A New Enterprise (1947 – 57).” by Alexandra Palmer.

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“Dior. A New Look, A New Enterprise (1947 – 57).” is another fascinating book released by V&A Publishing. It presents Christian Dior and the House of Dior from different perspective, taking into consideration sociological, historical and economical factors related to the famous New Look and true revolution in fashion that it started. What makes this publication even more interesting are unique pictures presenting life of a couture house from the inside.

The author takes readers through the post war France, giving a good introduction of Haute Couture market just before and right after the war, focusing on historical and social backgrounds. Becoming familiar with the subject, one can better understand the social uproar and global discussion initiated by the New Look, which changed the model of femininity and brought back the “old days”, taking back achievements of various movements promoting gender equality as well as undermining fashions that liberated women from restrictions of corsets and crinolines, making them once again into beautiful and simpleminded mannequins, whose main purpose is to display wealth of their spouses or senior family members. Dashing woman dressed in Dior’s New Look was definitely fragile and flowerlike, stunningly chic, but also highly restricted in her movements and forced to strict diet, as hardly any woman was gifted by nature with measurements idolized by Dior.

Christian Dior was not only a visionary and talented designer, but also a meticulous businessman. Supported by well organized financial department as well as having implemented elements of market intelligence, the House of Dior was well run commercial enterprise, a forerunner for global corporations, with overseas offices in New York and London, numerous partnerships and license agreements. Throughout his career, Dior took every possible measure to ban illegal copies and stop wide spread practices of fashion espionage and copy right abuse. Considering that in 1958 the Dior couture house alone had an annual revenue of $ 8 million and was accounted for over 50% of total export of Haute Couture, he had a lot to protect!

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French Week. Vendredi. Happy-Go-Lucky Book Review. “Lessons from Madame Chic.” by Jennifer L. Scott.

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Paris is an international capital of fashion, chic and elegance. Since nowadays so many aspire to upgrade their life style to more glamorous, there are many chic lit publications focusing on life in Paris, French joie de vivre or secrets of a diet a la Parisienne. If the subject is close to your heart and you wouldn’t mind to read some more, I selected a great book that combines all mentioned topics and in addition, offering great advice on fashion, wardrobe building and Parisian life style.

Although the plot may sound very cliché, as it is a memoir of an American exchange student who moved to Paris and found this experience life changing, it makes an excellent reading. It not only offers a good deal of “know how” from both banks of Seine, but also provokes reflections on the quality of life and the importance of celebrating little pleasures that once can find on most occasions. It is not about budget, social standing or age, it is about an attitude and willingness to make every day count, living beautifully and excitingly.

I liked the book so much that I recommended it to some of my friends and even gave it as a Christmas gift to one of family members, believing that this is the type of lecture that will stay with the reader for longer and with some luck inspire changes, bringing more refinement, elegance and good attitude towards daily life.

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French Week. Mardi. Haute Couture.

It is hardly the first time that I write about Haute Couture, the true art in fashion. Couture can bring dream designs to life, representing the divine art of creation in fashion, uniting feminine beauty with artisan skills of cutters, seamstresses and embroiderers. Haute Couture is a vanishing world, available only to few who are privileged enough to participate in this spectacle of beauty and able to pay vast sums of money for those one of a kind creations.

As close as I had ever been to Haute Couture was in Paris, when I had a chance to see an exhibition of some magnificent Couture gowns. The impression was unforgettable, worth the long wait in front of Hôtel de Ville. I still recall some details, fabrics and colors, simply wonderful. And unless my life shifts completely and showers me with an unimaginable wealth, this is as near as I will ever get. Does it mean I should stop dreaming my Couture dreams? I do not think so! Beauty can be admired from afar, like paintings or sculptures, influencing viewer by its charm.

I like to watch Haute Couture fashion shows and see newest designs presented by my favorite fashion houses, and up till now, this one is my very favorite one, Christian Dior Spring Couture 2012 designed by Bill Gaytten. Even though it was featured some months back, I would like to present it once more, for the beauty so close to the atmosphere of the original New Look designs.

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(Photos: http://www.style.com)

French Week. Lundi. French Style and Les Classiques de la Parisienne.

French fashion is related to all that is most exquisite and luxurious. French designers such as Coco Chanel or Christian Dior till this day influence our ideas about style and chic, Paris Fashion Week is probably the most important event in the world of fashion, not to mention Paris street style that is highly covered on various fashion sites and blogs all over the world. To dress like a Parisienne is to be elegant, classic and always feminine, no matter profession or age. Some icons of French fashion like Inès de La Fressange, Isabel Marant or Carine Roitfeldt are the best ambassadors of French chic. But what are the real and ultimate essentials of the parisian chic?

7f28b1de0a67d15266f311641590e538First and foremost – classic trench coat. It is no stereotype, I was truly surprised to see so many trench coats all over Paris, some more elaborate than others, but trench coat is a trench coat, and having one definitely brings you closer to the chic Parisienne look.

Ballet flats are another iconic piece, the best from Repetto Paris, reputable shop dressing ballerinas. The come in all colors, but still I would recommend classic black – one versatile pair is a very good beginning!

Going further with the essentials, one that cannot be forgotten – top in classic marine stripes in white and navy blue, the only one that really matters is from Petit Bateau, cult brand offering… children clothing, recently extended with an adult line.

To think about most iconic accessorizes – Hermés scarf, line of pearls and a practiced to perfection no make up look.

Last, but not least, a good deal of confidence and a special nonchalance that makes others think that you do not try too hard! All should look very natural, ostentation free, simply effortless. But who are we kidding here? this effortless look demands more effort than one is ever willing to admit!

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Lady Dior and Marion Cotillard.

Marion Cotillard, Dior’s muse, once again chosen for Lady Dior advertising campaign, photographed by Jean-Baptiste Mondino.

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LIFE and the New Look by Christian Dior.

To linger a little bit longer in Carmel Snow’s era, a retrospective photo editorial published by LIFE magazine, featuring Christian Dior and the birth of the New Look. Revolutionary fashion that caused street riots, but for decades influenced world fashion.

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(Photos: http://www.life.time.com)

Emprise Collection by LV.