Nicole Kidman, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Rooney Mara, and Carey Mulligan are just a few in a long list of fashion darlings and actresses to take Raf Simons from the runway to the red carpet. The latest is Jennifer Aniston, who chose a black strapless Dior minidress for the 2013 Guys Choice Awards. Ever since Belgian designer Simons, formerly of Jil Sander, took the reins at the legendary label, he's presented five exquisite collections. Naturally, stars like Cotillard (the face of Lady Dior) and Jennifer Lawrence (the face of Miss Dior handbags) have flocked to his jaw-dropping gowns, and we can totally see why. Simons is breathing new life into the design house by taking iconic past-collection references (think New Look from the 1940s) and updating them with a modern twist. Step inside to see all the stars who have donned Simons's designs for Dior now.
The dreamy clothes at the Christian Dior Resort 2014 show didn't stop at runway's end. The collection, which was presented in Monaco over the weekend, also played host to one very stylish front row. Jessica Biel chose this stunning Fall 2013 dress — a look that perfectly encapsulated ladylike glamour with its houndstooth-print bustier and draped black skirt. Meanwhile, Marion Cotillard chose a no-frills white pre-Fall 2013 leather trench coat, only to spice things up with a pair of neon cap-toe pumps. And Liv Tyler went with an all-black — and navy — approach in a Dior bustier. Now that you've got the fashion facts, who gets your best-dressed vote in the Dior showdown?
On Saturday evening, Christian Dior presented its Resort 2014 collection in Monaco. The principality has held special meaning for the house since 1956, when actress Grace Kelly wore a Dior gown to celebrate her engagement to Prince Rainier of Monaco.
The return to Monaco was both an homage to the house's heritage and also a signal of a new era in how (and where) the label stages its Resort collection, with plans to always take the collection abroad going forward. But this wasn't the only poignant moment to come with Saturday's showing. For the first time, Raf Simons incorporated lace into his pieces, working the fabric into everything from sheer blouses and fitted crop tops to modified coatdresses and relaxed sheaths. "I thought it's kind of old and too romantic and too tragic. And suddenly I thought, it's a challenge to make it modern and edgy and kind of futuristic," he said.
A look at the complete collection, plus our review, here in the gallery.
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The anticipation leading up to the Christian Dior Fall '13 collection was parlayed into expectations met — and exceeded. Designer Raf Simons delivered statement coats, artful strapless dresses, and intricately crafted knitwear, each piece more beautiful than the one before. And really, how could you not think this lineup dreamy? The scene itself was dreamlike, as models walked down the blue-skied, silver-ballooned runway. Don't waste a moment more — see why the Christian Dior Fall '13 collection will (most likely) be spotted on Jennifer Lawrence, Marion Cotillard, and Charlize Theron very, very soon.
Andy Warhol's drawings may have been featured on looks from Raf Simons's Fall 2013 collection for Dior, but its name came from one of the most famous paintings by Salvador Dalí. Simons, who drew on formative moments in his life and in Christian Dior's, named his show "The Persistence of Memory."
Raf Simons showed another magnificent collection for Christian Dior's Fall 2013 lineup filled with chic, arty strapless dresses, stunning statement coats, and knitwear that can only be characterized as pure, modern elegance. Described by the fashion house as "a visual scrapbook of significant moments for both Raf Simons and the house of Dior," the collection showcased one refreshing look after another as models walked down the blue-skied, silver-ballooned runway. The highly anticipated show opened up with effortlessly elegant silk strapless dresses featuring hand-drawn artwork — made in collaboration with The Andy Warhol Foundation For the Visual Arts — and chic suit sets featuring wide-leg trousers and peplum blazers. Coats ranged from slim and tailored to cape silhouettes with exaggerated neck ties. Then came the knitwear; black and ivory cable-knit dresses featured whimsical ruffled peplum details, while other renditions, like an open-weave crochet skirt, was layered over a tailored houndstooth dress. Meanwhile, an array of intricate beaded midi-length gowns and metallic dresses provided options for Simons's red carpet crowd.
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Best actress nominee Jennifer Lawrence took fit-and-flare to epic Oscar proportions in the palest pink Christian Dior Couture gown. Its sleek, strapless silhouette — which debuted on the Haute Couture Spring '13 runway just a few weeks ago — transitioned from a body-conscious top into an ultravoluminous skirt to give the actress a perfectly dramatic look for tonight's awards. Pulled-back hair and simple Chopard jewels kept the focus on her sculptural gown, and she polished it all off with a white-and-silver clutch. Are you feeling it?
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Looks like hiring Raf Simons was a really, really good business decision. Christian Dior recently announced that sales of its couture collections in 2012 were up some 24 percent over the previous year.
But it's not just the garments from Simons's debut Fall 2012 Couture collection, or Bill Gaytten's Spring 2012 Couture collection — which was well received — that experienced such high sales. Dior's various product ranges saw worldwide sales of €1.24 billion last year, or about $1.59 billion at current exchange. It amounts to a 17 percent growth in sales year over year. (It's worth noting that in 2011, the year John Galliano was dismissed from the brand, Dior's sales broke the $1 billion mark for the first time in its history.)
"These results reaffirm the exceptional quality of Dior's products and the powerful appeal of its stores," the company said in a statement.
That's not all those figures indicate. By and large, they say that the customer base for couture is growing — and that it isn't afraid to spend. Chanel's couturier Karl Lagerfeld told The New York Times recently that clients have sent their private planes to Paris to pick up his couture tailors. And in addition to New York, those planes now also come from nations with rapidly expanding or robust economies like China, Russia, and Saudi Arabia. In late 2011, Reuters reported that women in the Middle East were the world's biggest consumers of couture.
Then, too, there's Simons's desire to "change the psychology of people who are interested in couture." In an interview about his first couture collection for Dior, Simons said he wanted "to make it more dynamic, appeal to a person who has a different energy. A younger person, in mind, not necessarily in age."
Has he succeeded? His talent for making clothing a variety of women want to wear — and are willing to pay for — is clearly making a big difference at Dior.