Category: Designer

FashionJennifer Lawrence for Miss Dior

J’adore Dior? J’adore Jennifer Lawrence? Be prepared to simply swoon!
Jennifer Lawrence is the fresh face of Miss Dior’s Spring 2013 handbag campaign, and she is every bit as fabulous as the artfully crafted line. Jennifer wears minimalist pieces from the Spring ready-to-wear Dior collection, showcasing the vibrant leather bags in all their glory. We just cannot get over how breathtaking these photos are!

Jennifer says of Dior, “It just makes you feel so confident.”
We could not agree more.

(images courtesy of www.express.co.ukwww.justluxe.com)

FashionThe House That Dior Built: Christian Dior Through the Years

Christian Dior has gone through many changes and a total of five designers and it’s just been announced that Raf Simons will be the new heir to the fashion house. Raf Simons hails from Jil Sander and has many people wondering if his minimalist style will echo Dior’s early years of fashion or will he continue with John Galliano’s dramatic (and sometimes over the top) looks.
For now, all we can do is speculate and dream. To help stir our imaginations, let’s take a look at a visual history of Dior through the years!
Christian Dior (1946-1957)
 
In 1947, the label’s founder created what was known as the “New Look” when he presented a feminine collection of flowing skirts, tiny waists, and soft shoulders—a very different look compared to the slinky silhouette of the 1930s. The style is so timeless, even Natalie Portman was photographed wearing a Dior red polka dot gown circa 1954 to this year’s Academy Awards.
Yves Saint Laurent (1957-1960)
Before founding his own fashion label, Yves Saint Laurent found himself at age 21 as Dior’s successor and debuted his first collection in the spring of 1958. His most famous creation is his trapeze dress was a big leap from the previous cinched in looks and a perfect segue into the 1960s.

Marc Bohan (1961-1988)
Bohan had a much more conservative aesthetic than Dior or Laurent, but remained in demand among celebrities such as Elizabeth Taylor and Princess Grace of Monaco. Through his long run, Bohan was certainly able to adapt to the many trends through the years.
Gianfranco Ferré (1989-1996)
Ferré, who hails from Italy, was Dior’s first non-French designer and brings a strong Renaissance influence to the label with baroque fabrics and pronounced shapes.
John Galliano (1996-2011)
Dior’s last successor, John Galliano, amped up the drama for Dior and became known for his flamboyant haute couture shows that achieved a fine balance of beautiful and whimsical.
What does Raf Simons have in store for Dior? We can only guess, but I’m sure it will do the great fashion house proud!
 
To learn more about Raf Simons, check out this link or check out his final collection at Jil Sander!
 

 

FashionFashion Around the Globe: Nigeria Fashion Week

From New York to London, to Paris then Milan. We all know of these fashion capitals, but it’s time to explore new fashion ground: Nigeria.  

Lagos, Nigeria’s largest city, played host to ARISE Magazine’s Fashion Week to highlight the work of many African or Africa-influenced designers. It was the event’s second year and a range of 77 designers offered outfits blending traditional fabrics with international flavor that really gave New York and Paris a run for its money! 

So let’s take a mini-trip to Nigeria just for a moment to ooh and awe at some gorgeous designs!
 Jewel by Lisa
It’s no question that Nigeria was definitely all about the prints. The models for Jewel by Lisa were so effortlessly chic with their fitted dresses adorned with bright stripes.
Madam Wokie

Madam Wokie created such beautiful, but very wearable looks with batik print minis with ruffled hemlines and pops of neon. Love the color!

 Eki Orleans
Sultry silk minis and gowns stood out at Eki Orleans, with abstract prints that were mesmerizing. 
Loza Maleombho
Structured separates crafted from batik prints, Kente cloth, and wax fabrics really had us hooked at Loza Maleombho. It was a perfect harmony of African influence and modern shapes.  
Maki Oh
Maki Oh was all about sultry and sophisticated looks with deliciously luxe silks and velour crafted into tailored looks we’d all want!
To learn more about Nigeria Fashion Week and other amazing African designers, check out AfricaStyleDaily.com or Arise Magazine’s website!
(Photos courtesy of AriseMagazine.net)

 

FashionCiao bella!: Milan Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2012 Round Up

From sultry gowns that evoked pure Italian romance to innovative shapes and fantastic prints, Milan offered up some of the most visually stunning looks of this fashion season! So let’s treat ourselves yet again with a look back at this week’s favorite shows!
Prada
Models stomped down the Prada runway in platform mary janes and retro printed suits adorned with gorgeous gemstones and beadwork. Matchy-matchy prints have never looked so chic!
 Roberto Cavalli
Roberto Cavalli released the wild within with his collection of muted animal prints, sequins, and leather. Flared pants paired under matching billowy skirts evoked a sexy ’70s siren we’d all love to meet!
Jil Sander
It was Raf Simons final show for Jil Sander after seven years with the fashion label and it was also one of his best!  A soft pretty-in-pink palette dominated the runway with elegant car coats over silk gowns that were delicate, but strong!
Gucci
Midnight romance was definitely the theme for Gucci, giving us lush printed silks, rich jacquards and plush velvets. Pops of yellow and green flowers were a new take on floral prints that we can easily wear in Spring or Fall!
Versace
Versace brought its usual extravagance, only this time in a much tougher package! Futuristic chain mail gowns and retro studded leather dresses showed us that the future of fashion looks bright and sexy!
Dolce & Gabbana
A modern day Italian renaissance took place before our very eyes at Dolce & Gabbana, with lavish black and gold, white lace frocks, and beautiful cherub-adorned dresses that were works of art! The fashion heavyweight brought some of the most exciting looks of the week!
Which Milan Fall/Winter 2012 looks do you need in your wardrobe?
(All photos courtesy of Style.com)

FashionLondon Calling: London Fashion Week Highlights

The fashion baton was passed onto London Fashion Week this week, showcasing its best designers and their amazing collections. From cool and diverse styles to English-inspired tailored looks, London was a treat to our eyes! So let’s take a look at what our friends across the pond served up for Fall/Winter 2012.
 

Eclectic is Vivienne Westwood’s middle name and fortunately her Red Label show did not disappoint! Tailored plaid separates and dresses paired with edgy mosaic prints were a nod to the designer’s punk roots. Why not add some safety pins?! 

Cool androgyny was achieved with Paul Smith’s collection through sleek tailored jackets and velvet cigarette pants that screamed luxury. The pajama-like tops were beautiful yet masculine! 

Matthew Williamson’s show consisted of rich brocades in gold and green and full-length chiffon dresses that evoked bohemian elegance. The orange and robin’s egg gowns were exotic yet romantic! 

Duality was definitely a theme for Antonio Berardi with color block dresses and suits. But what really took our breath away were the evening dresses encrusted with swirls of molded sequins that resembled coral. Such detail!

Outerwear was king at Burberry Prorsum with reimagined yet flattering puffer coats and trench coats perfect for any young fashionista! Peplum skirts and cinched in bow belts showed off the right curves!
McQ Alexander McQueen
Alexander McQueen’s affordable line McQ showcased its first ever runway show at LFW with gorgeous tea-length gowns printed with oak leaves and colorful flowers that climbed to the neckline. The white gown stole the show!
What were some of your favorite looks at London Fashion Week?
(All photos courtesy of LondonFashionWeek.co.uk)