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12th September
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THE 770 ULTRA LOVE SHADE

“Believe In yourself. If you don’t, who will?” Natalie Portman states directly into the camera. Confident and radiant, she coats her lips in 770 Ultra Love, a vibrant raspberry shade.  

Dressed in a Maria Grazia Chiuri creation for the House, a seductive Natalie Portman embodies the 770 Ultra Love shade. Filled with femininity and joy, she reveals all the possibilities of this lovely, easy to wear raspberry, with its hints of bois de rose and almost coral beige. Designed to be worn on a daily basis, it coats lips in its strong and vibrant color, evoking Christian Dior’s desire to make women “not only more beautiful, but happier, too”.

12th September
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DECLARATION IN RED 

As worn by Natalie Portman, the Rouge Dior Ultra Rouge shades take on a whole new dimension. In four short films paying tribute to the color red, they reveal their subtle and strong tonalities. The focus here is on 999 Ultra Dior, an iconic and singular red, an ode to femininity itself.

Revisited by Peter Philips with an inexhaustible creativity, the Creative and Image Director of Dior Makeup, red 999 is one of the iconic colors developed by Christian Dior in the early 1950s. Having become a House signature and, more, one of its identifying codes, it testifies to the passionate and uncompromising love the couturier had for red. “Very invigorating and flattering, it's the color of life. I love red. In my opinion, it suits almost all complexions and can also be worn at any time,” he observed in his Little Dictionary of Fashion.

11th September
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A NEW JEWELRY COLLECTION  

As enigmatic as it is symbolic, the new Tête de Mort jewelry collection designed by Victoire de Castellane, Creative Director of Dior Joaillerie, is a celebration of life as well as a treasury of savoir-faire.

Whatever you do – whether for work or pleasure – do it with passion! Live with passion,” advises Christian Dior in his Little Dictionary of Fashion. This maxim, which guided the couturier throughout his career, has inspired the three rings and three necklaces in yellow, rose and white gold from the Tête de Mort jewelry collection. These jewels reinterpret the Latin phrases "Memento mori" and "Carpe diem", two precepts reminding us that we must take advantage of every moment.

 

Each of the creations tells a precious story that doesn’t reveal all its secrets at first glance. If we observe them carefully, we discover that the design in yellow gold and amethyst is decorated with a tsavorite garnet clover, a nod to one of Christian Dior’s lucky charms, while the one in white gold and blue chalcedony is adorned with a sprig of lily-of-the-valley, one of the couturier’s favorite flowers, which he used to stitch to his buttonhole or slip inside the hem of his haute couture dresses. Small hearts engraved at the back, or produced in asymmetrical form on the body of the jewel itself, offer a strongly-beating missive of joy to their wearer.

 

The stones were individually selected by the House for their naturally pastel and dense hue. Behind this choice of colors is a new enigma, since each shade symbolizes a state of mind: strength is characterized by the deep blue of chalcedony, tranquility by the powdery pink of quartz, and equilibrium by the gentle violet of amethyst. These associations between soft colors and white, rose or yellow gold make for a surprising and unique collection.

10th September
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WINDS OF CHANGE

For Dior Magazine, the sixties-inspired autumn-winter 2018-2019 ready-to-wear collection designed by Maria Grazia Chiuri, Creative Director of the House, is given a ravishing new expression by the photographer Katja Mayer.

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10th September
Savoir Faire

EMBROIDERED SADDLE BAG SAVOIR-FAIRE: VIDEO 

10th September
Savoir Faire

EMBROIDERED SADDLE BAG SAVOIR-FAIRE

Almost twenty years after its creation, Maria Grazia Chiuri has reinterpreted the Saddle bag, the House icon identifiable by its unique horse’s saddle shape. Discover the steps that go into the making of the fully embroidered version.

Composed of nine pieces entirely embroidered with thread, beads and fringe, his patchwork version was inspired by brightly-hued and graphic vintage fabrics, some from the House’s archives. In an atelier in Bologna, the embroiderers work in pairs around a wooden frame, using a traditional tambour technique of working through the back of the fabric to attach the thread and beads that form the motifs on what will be the front. This mastery of their tools, paired with a gently deft hand and incredible patience, allows for the realization of the embroideries designed by the Creative Director for which thirty-six colors of thread and twenty-three different shades of beads were necessary.

Next it’s off to Tuscany, and the Dior leatherworking ateliers, where the cutting out the Saddle bag’s leather elements and embroidered pieces takes place. The craftsman assembles the two parts that comprise the flap and shapes the material with his hands. Once the front and back panels are sewn to the sides and the base of the bag he works the canvas to create the design’s two contoured gussets. Like a couture signature, the words “Christian Dior Paris” are heat-embossed with a gold ribbon on the inside pocket. The metal “D” and the two “CD” buckles are set in place just before where the strap will be placed, so the bag can be worn on the shoulder or carried in the hand. These two attachments allow for the bag to be personalized with a wide canvas strap decorated with metal medallions.

09th September
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La Terre Silk Square

As part of the autumn-winter 2018-2019 ready-to-wear collection, natural elements have been depicted colorfully and poetically on a silk scarf, with tonal renditions of the Earth surrounding a star in a subtle nod to Christian Dior’s superstitions.

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