Paris Haute Couture, an exhibit which explores the history of couture, may be taking place at the Hôtel de Ville right now–but just up the Seine, Raf Simons gave his own fashion history lesson at his fall 2013 Dior show.
Held under the golden dome of the Hôtel des Invalides, the show space set an uplifting tone for the collection: Giant reflective mylar balloons floated randomly throughout the space, and images of Magritte-style blue sky and white cumulous clouds were projected on the floor.
The setting was the perfect compliment to a collection which explored the creative process–the experiences and the obsessions, and in this case the art–that has shaped fashion design today as well as in Christian Dior’s day.
Around here, we love a good fashion book. 2012 brought us winners like Grace Coddington’s memoir, the Sartorialist’s second venture Closer, and the massive Kate Moss Book. Whether you’re looking for a good read to help pass the long days spent inside waiting for spring, or just something pretty to go on your coffee table, we’ve compiled a list of the best style books being released in 2013, plus where to get them. And the releases start now. Mary Blume’s hotly anticipated biography of Balenciaga hits bookstores today.
We always wonder who–if anyone–buys couture. Obviously, the industry is still alive and well, so someone does. But often, the handmade looks seem too over-the-top for even the most extravagant events. Not to mention couture’s exorbitant price tag.
Cathy Horyn was curious, too, so she went to Dior and Chanel to investigate this “fairly secretive” part of the industry. Most notably, she found that Raf Simons’ fall 2012 Dior couture collection (his first) was quite lucrative.
The ease with which designer Raf Simons has settled into his new role at Dior is remarkable. With his second couture show, he clearly demonstrated not only his firm grasp of the fundamentals of the house but a way forward.
Now, the question is: What sort of seismic shifts will happen in 2013? From brand expansion, to designer debuts, here are the 10 labels you’ll want to keep an eye on this year.
Click through to see which brands we think will make a splash in 2013 and why.
The first Dior ready-to-wear ad campaign under the direction of Raf Simons has finally hit the web.
Shot by Willy Vanderperre, the campaign images are as much a departure from the dramatic style of John Galliano as the collection itself–along with a little Surrealist influence from René Magritte.
From Raf Simons’ appointment at Dior, to Nicolas Ghesquiere’s departure from Balenciaga, and the arrival of several new ‘It’ girls (or ‘It’ felines, anyway), 2012 brought a lot of big changes in the fashion industry. And, of course, we were on hand to report every single one of them.