French flair

Dior’s up­dated bou­tique jux­ta­poses a sense of her­itage with a mod­ern touch.

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - TRENDS - By NA­DINE FER­NAN­DEZ star2@thes­

CHRIS­TIAN Dior opens the doors to its newly re­fur­bished flag­ship bou­tique to­day. Com­bin­ing 18th century de­tails with mod­ern el­e­ments to achieve a fem­i­nine and glam­orous aes­thetic, the in­te­rior con­cept of the re­designed space emu­lates Dior’s bou­tique in Paris by Peter Marino.

Cus­tomers walk­ing in will be wel­comed by Dior’s “World of Bags”, with a con­stel­la­tion of “StarLED” lights made with Swarovski El­e­ments studs across the ceil­ing.

The lux­u­ri­ous mar­ble floor­ing in­spired by Dior’s sig­na­ture “Can­nage” quilt­ing pat­tern re­flects the quin­tes­sence of French aes­thet­ics and the codes of Dior.

There is a ded­i­cated space for time­pieces as well as an area de­voted to house fra­grances.

Upon en­ter­ing the ready-to-wear sa­lon, there is a beau­ti­ful Swarovski crys­tal chan­de­lier across the ceil­ing fea­tur­ing art fur­ni­ture by Lau­rent Chau­vat and Vin­cent Cor­biere. Adding to the glam­orous ef­fect is the Louis XVI-style del­i­cately carved mar­ble fire­place sur­rounded by an ar­ray of ex­trav­a­gant evening dresses.

The Fall/Win­ter 2014 collection will also be avail­able in-store.

For this par­tic­u­lar sea­son, the collection rein­treprets the House’s

Lux­u­ri­ous: codes by look­ing through its his­tory.

While a se­duc­tive fem­i­nin­ity is still very much im­bued in the collection, it is also em­bold­ened by busi­ness suits.

Mas­cu­line tai­lor­ing make ap­pear­ances through­out with peak lapels, dou­ble breast­ing and but­tons which take the place of the tra­di­tional el­e­ments of the fem­i­nine tailleur.

Men’s shirt­ing is also utilised for dresses with the use of ny­lon for a new form of can­nage quilt­ing that is clev­erly con­structed into gowns, with fluid, dou­ble-faced cash­mere for cock­tail at­tire.

With a fo­cus that is “less about the leisure of the gar­den but more about the pace of the city,” cre­ative di­rec­tor Raf Si­mons has cer­tainly de­signed a collection that “present women with free­dom and pos­si­bil­i­ties in the way they dress.”

The Chris­tian Dior flag­ship bou­tique is lo­cated at ground floor, Starhill Gallery, Jalan Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur.

This navy gown is a great bal­ance of the fem­i­nine and the mas­cu­line. Pearl clus­ter neck­lace with rib­bon and chain strap.

Chris­tian dior’s flag­ship bou­tique in Kuala Lumpur fea­tures wide spa­ces with hand­bags on dis­play.

The Lady dior bag gets a flo­ral up­date. Metal­lic mini coats for dior’s au­tumn/ Win­ter 2014 collection. Flo­ral mo­tif an­kle strap with hid­den wedge. This spaghetti strapped black dress is the epit­ome of sim­ple el­e­gance.

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