Dior digs deep, tak­ing celeb crowd cav­ing

The Hamilton Spectator - - STYLE - NICOLE EVATT

LOS AN­GE­LES — Dior took its starstud­ded crowd on an ul­tra­chic cave ex­pe­di­tion this week with an eclec­tic cruise col­lec­tion in­spired by the Las­caux caves in south­west France.

Ri­hanna, Char­l­ize Theron, Demi Moore, Brie Lar­son, Kelly Row­land and Nick Jonas were among the Alist au­di­ence packed into glammedup, sa­fari tents atop a hilly na­ture re­serve north­west of Los An­ge­les.

“We would like to share with this col­lec­tion an­other side of this beau­ti­ful city,” ex­plained cre­ative di­rec­tor Maria Grazia Chi­uri in an in­ter­view be­fore the dusty, out­door run­way show fea­tur­ing live rhyth­mic mu­sic. “There is not only red car­pet!”

Moore, dressed in a vel­vet blazer and high-col­lar lace top, called the set­ting “mag­nif­i­cent.”

“It’s in­cred­i­ble, get­ting a whole ex­pe­ri­ence, not just a fash­ion show,” she said.

Chi­uri said Chris­tian Dior vis­ited Cal­i­for­nia in 1947 and pro­claimed it “a par­adise.” She aimed to pay homage to the iconic de­signer’s love of the city while em­brac­ing Los An­ge­les’ nat­u­ral beauty and laid-back style.

“I re­ally be­lieve that now it’s pos­si­ble to mix a dif­fer­ent el­e­ment, to find the bal­ance that speaks to the her­itage, but in some way moves the brand to the fu­ture for women,” the Ital­ian de­signer ex­plained.

An­i­mal draw­ings in­spired by the wall paint­ings in Las­caux made their way onto cosy sweaters, flow­ing skirts and loose trousers. Long fringe dan­gled from neck­lines, adorned dresses, skirt hems and pon­chos.

“They were very kind of Western fron­tier women,” An­jel­ica Hus­ton said of the mod­els. “Had a lit­tle bit Peru­vian, a lit­tle bit Las­caux. Very, very pretty. Very beau­ti­ful.”

Colour­ful pat­terned dresses in shades of rust, terra cotta, mus­tard and brown were topped with tai­lored blaz­ers, biker jack­ets and belted over­coats. Each out­fit was com­pleted with a Western-style hat adorned with turquoise beads or an­i­mal sketches.

Leather san­dals, pointy flats and lace-up boots walked the dirt-path run­way — prac­ti­cal footwear for Dior’s stylish ad­ven­turer.

Theron, who has mod­elled for the French lux­ury band, called the show “mag­i­cal” and “in­spi­ra­tional.”

“It’s al­ways a plea­sure and a lux­ury to wear Dior,” said Ri­hanna, who was wear­ing ripped jeans and an off-the-shoul­der fur wrap. “For one, it’s ex­pen­sive. For two, it’s re­ally well-made and it’s al­ways some­thing that helps you ex­press your fem­i­nin­ity at the high­est level.”

WILLY SANJUAN, INVISION/AP

At Dior’s star-stud­ded cruise show atop a hilly na­ture re­serve north­west of Los An­ge­les, colour­ful pat­terned dresses in shades of rust, terra cotta, mus­tard and brown were topped with tai­lored blaz­ers, biker jack­ets and belted over­coats. Each out­fit was com­pleted with a Western-style hat with turquoise beads or an­i­mal sketches.

RICH FURY PHOTOS, GETTY IM­AGES

WILLY SANJUAN, INVISION/AP

Kim Basinger donned ba­sic black.

WILLY SANJUAN, INVISION/AP

Kelly Row­land went strappy.

WILLY SANJUAN, INVISION/AP

Demi Moore ar­rives at the show.

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