HOUSE OF FLOW­ERS

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Dior Miss Dior Bloom­ing Bou­quet EDT, RM265 ( 50ml) & RM365 (100ml)

s Natalie Port­man skirts around the iconic grey stair­way rem­i­nis­cent of that at Dior on Paris’s Av­enue Mon­taigne, flow­ers bloom in abun­dance. In the but­tery sun­light, the ac­tress’s twirls open up her dress like a tulip in sea­son. Em­broi­dered with tril­lions of tiny flower buds, the dress is made ever more beau­ti­ful with her un­done hair and sen­sual gaze. Bare­foot like a pixie, with a pale pink-lily cor­sage around her dainty wrist, she is at one with the cas­cade of peonies and roses that en­cir­cle the cast-iron ban­is­ters, a nod to Chris­tian Dior’s love of na­ture and flow­ers.

De­signed by Dior artis­tic di­rec­tor Raf Si­mons, the dress also pays homage to Mon­sieur Dior’s pas­sion: “Af­ter women, flow­ers are the most divine cre­ations,” the mas­ter cou­turier once said. At his child­hood home in Granville, Nor­mandy, Dior used to help his mother Madeleine keep the gar­dens flour­ish­ing; there, roses con­tinue to blos­som to­day. Lit­tle won­der Dior al­ways cited na­ture and art as in­spi­ra­tion for his beau­ti­ful de­signs. “My life and my style owe al­most ev­ery­thing to its lo­ca­tion and ar­chi­tec­ture,” he wrote of the renowned Belle Époque villa. In 1947, he de­buted the New Look, a sil­hou­ette that cut an el­e­gant slen­der waist and then bloomed out into a full skirt. Dior’s pas­sion was man­i­fested in the air it­self. He had im­bued the fash­ion show with a sub­tle hint of Miss Dior, his first fra­grance, which re­flected the bur­geon­ing ap­peal of his collection.

In a post-war pe­riod of ut­ter de­pres­sion, he wanted a per­fume that smelled of love. “I cre­ated Miss Dior so I could see my dresses float out of the bot­tle one af­ter the other, dress­ing women in a trail of de­sire.” On that note, a chypre com­posed of Provençal jas­mine, lush moss, and the green trail of gal­banum was born. To­day, T Raf Si­mons re­an­i­mates Mon­sieur Dior’s life­long l love. At his Spring/Sum­mer ’14 show, lianas and orchids dan­gled from the ceil­ing in rain­bow rivulets. Soft pleats were folded like the petals of shy rose­buds. Upon closer in­spec­tion, ex­otic vines of coloured crys­tals en­cir­cled the mod­els’ swan necks. All were most sig­nif­i­cant of Dior’s sto­ried legacy, al­beit with a mod­ern twist.

Sim­i­larly, François De­marchy, the house of Dior’s res­i­dent per­fumer, has done the same for Miss Dior Bloom­ing Bou­quet. “It is a silky, sculpted per­fume. Not a frontal in­vi­ta­tion, but a halo, like an aura,” de­scribes De­marchy of this “co­coon” fra­grance. Here is a scent spe­cially cre­ated for a girl who truly re­joices in the beauty of na­ture. Its spring­time bou­quet of ro­man­tic pe­ony and rose ac­cords, sparkling Si­cil­ian man­darin essence, and vel­vety dry-down of white musk “plays on the charm of se­duc­tion,” ac­cord­ing to De­marchy.

LIFE AF­TER LIFE

“Miss Dior speaks in sub­tle un­der­tones,” De­marchy notes of the ac­cords that are com­posed of flow­ers one can still find in Dior’s Les Rhumbs gar­dens. Tinged in a del­i­cate rose hue, with an iconic Dior bow com­plet­ing the fla­con “tai­lored like a suit”, Miss Dior meets all the re­fined codes of the famed cou­ture house.

Very el­e­gant and yet a lit­tle cheeky, in­cred­i­bly sen­su­ous and a tad more play­ful than the orig­i­nal, the new fra­grance beau­ti­fully re­flects the var­i­ous facets of a co­quette, as well as the in­spir­ing en­ergy of na­ture it­self. In­deed, Miss Dior to­day would have made Mon­sieur Dior proud. Af­ter all, the leg­end had once de­clared: “You can never re­ally go wrong if you take na­ture as an ex­am­ple.” Chris­tian Dior and his sketches The orig­i­nal Miss Dior fla­con was de­signed to mir­ror the New Look The Miss Dior dress that Mon­sieur Dior de­signed in 1949

Natalie Port­man for Miss Dior Bloom­ing Bou­quet

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