The Timeless Dior

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Have you ever noticed how some designers become overnight success stories then seem to fade out of the spotlight? Kinda like those one hit wonders from the 80s.

One name in fashion has stood the test of time. No matter the original creative genious of Christian Dior or the latest  couturiers. The designs of the house of Dior remain rooted in the Dior tradition.

During the war years resources were scarce. There were limitations on food items and gas,  as well as fabrics and trims for clothing. Even silk stickings were rationed. Women “made due” by refashioning their clothing and drawing  lines up the back of their calves in place of stockings.

All this changed one Victory was declared. Dior saw this as a way to reward women who had been working men’s jobs in factories while their sweethearts and husbands fought the war. Excessive yards of fabric were used and The New Look was born. Gone were the days of rationing.  This new look would highlight a woman’s assets. Busts and waistlines were accentuated.

Classic Dior

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The New Look of post World War II

 

The original Dior was something of a mystery. A brilliant designer who was surprisingly shy. Perhaps so, but he sure knew how to dress a lady.

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How could one feel anything but feminine in one of his beautiful confections?

How could one feel anything but feminine in one of his beautiful confections?

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A gown from the 1960s.

 

Women were well dressed and elegance reigned in each of Dior’s classic beauties.

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So much love went into each of this pieces like this sleek dress (above) from the 40’s with an unexpected, draped waistline. This silhouette just proves that a “lady” can still be sexy.

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Layer upon layer of frothy fabrics wrap a petite waistline.

 

A Look Into the Future

No one can deny the wow factor that John Galliano brought to Dior. It’s as if he channeled the great designer himself to bring Dior’s glamorous style to the modern woman.

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A voluminous gown in cream and gold with subtle shots of black. Trè elegant!

When John Galliano resided as head designer in the House of Dior, he brought many unexpected surprises.

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But one thing remained, a desire to create beautiful clothes women would adore.

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This gown is superb! I can almost imagine how dreamy it would feel on. It is one of my favorites. I love the cowl neckline on a dress.

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The artist, John Galliano, posing with one of his tributes to Christian Dior.

 

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The First Queen 

The first female designer, Maria Grazia Chiuri, now reigns in the House. Stepping right up to the challenge,  she has proved that a woman can do Dior.

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A design from a collection made especially for the Japanese.

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Dior will ways be embellished in embroidery, petals, and all things delicate.  It is just the way of couture.

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Elegance will never go out of style and neither will Dior.

So tell me, do you love Dior? Or perhaps you favor another designer… Let’s hear your voice by leaving me a comment below.

Love,

Debra💋

Photo credits: Pinterest

Velvet’s Touch

Hello lovelies,

As I perused the September issue of In Style, I realized that many of the trends we see each fall season are nothing but updated versions of themselves year after year. So are they trends or are they classics? I will let you decide for yourselves.

One of my personal favorite “trends” this fall is velvet. Seriously, can anyone resist the touch of velvet? It’s moody, bohemian vibe speaks to my soul. I love its warmth and versatility. It’s rich texture can be added in many ways from fashion to home decor.

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Add a touch of the orient with a velvet coat like this stunner from Ali Express.  They sell many affordable pieces that won’t break the bank.

 

Accessorize! Add a pop of fall color with this trend via blocked heels or a mini clutch bag.

 

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Romanticize. Elie Saab, the KING of Couture…at least as far as I am concerned… knows just how to manipulate velvet to bring out its rich luster. Oh to be his muse!!

Velvet in the home is elegant. Think of plush pillows or furniture. Randi Garrett shares how to incorporate this look on her website Randi Garrett Design. 

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Please read this article by Randi on how to incorporate velvet into your fall decor. She even adds links to featured products to make shopping for the desired look easier.

 

Velvet furniture need not be intimidating. It lends an air to taste and individuality. There are many new pieces to be found,  but I find myself drawn to vintage furniture like these gorgeous velvet chairs and stool from the 1950s.

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Whatever your taste, there is an abundance of ways to bring this trend into the season. Feel free to add a comment below and share how you will add velvet this season.