Category: Trends

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!
 

 

FashionTrend Alert: The Rise of the Midi Skirt

High, low, up, down, minis, maxis . . . can’t make up your mind?
 
Well, now you don’t have to because mid-length skirts and dresses (called Midis) are on the rise. Ranging from just above the knee to mid-calf, this length offers a little more coverage, but is the most versatile length from season-to-season. With tights or socks in the winter and stripped down with sandals for the summer, I can’t imagine a more compromising look. We’ve spotted them on nearly every fashion blog, and we’ve even been spotting them here in the warehouse, so it’s time for YOU to check out some of these hot Midi looks!
 
 

 

FashionTrend to Try: Coral Red!

 
(images courtesy of lookbook.nu and fashiongonerogue)

BeautyTrend Alert: Candy-Colored Nails by Obsessive Compulsive

I have a confession: I’m wearing nail polish for the first time in a decade! 
 
I can’t help it, I’m totally smitten by the candy-colored palette I just received from Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics. Not only is OCC 100% vegan and cruelty-free, but the color palettes are totally on-trend, and the quality far exceeds the price (just like LuLu*s!). When I brought these new colors out, the warehouse became a frenzy of nail painting and we discovered that these nail lacquers have a super-smooth coat that goes on really nicely, and dries quickly. What more could you want?
 

Obsessive Compulsive Nail Lacquer in Something, Pansy, and Pageant.
 
The Results: The warehouse favorite was undoubtedly Something, being a creamy almost-but-not-too-shocking shade of pastel blue. For me, though, it’s gotta be Pansy, bearing an in-between shade of pinky-purple that is actually a little more subtle than pictured.
 
Check out their entire color palette here!

FashionLooks We ♥: Citrus!

Something very unique happened this season.
 
Aside from the normal pastel color trends that appear every spring (which we love!) bold slices of citrus have made their own statement. Like a botanical illustrator, Stella McCartney has plied crisp prints of oranges, lemons and limes over stark white to set off the pure colors . . . but it doesn’t stop there! You don’t have to go photographic to enjoy the trend, simply pair highly saturated shades of yellow, orange, green, chartreuse or even pink for a refreshing look that will carry you well into summer!
 
The Cherry Blossom Girl in Stella McCartney Robe Dress
 
 

Our own Wase, in the RVCA Lemon Print Dress.
 
Eva Fontanelli on The Sartorialist
 
(unless noted, photos courtesy of lookbook.nu)