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Dior to launch Mid­dle East cap­sule col­lec­tion; Bent­ley’s new Ba­calar; de­signer, ac­tor and ac­tivist Waris Ah­luwalia; Saint Lau­rent for spring/ sum­mer; and fash­ion brands join the fight against Covid-19

“Ev­ery woman should have pink in her wardrobe,” de­signer Chris­tian Dior wrote in his Lit­tle Dictionary of Fash­ion. “It’s the colour of hap­pi­ness and fem­i­nin­ity.” Dior was the first lux­ury brand to shut all its bou­tiques in re­sponse to the coron­avirus cri­sis, but that hasn’t de­railed its fu­ture plans. The mai­son will launch a cap­sule col­lec­tion dedicated to the Mid­dle East in May – and the fem­i­nine hue that the house’s founder so lauded will lie at its heart.

Sev­eral of the brand’s most em­blem­atic pieces are be­ing reimag­ined, in what Chris­tian Dior re­ferred to as “the so est of colours”. The col­lec­tion con­sists of evening wear, ac­ces­sories and shoes, all ren­dered in pink and in­ter­wo­ven with shades of grey, an­other house sig­na­ture. Dior’s cre­ative di­rec­tor, Maria Grazia Chi­uri, has cre­ated new ver­sions of the mai­son’s famed Lady Dior, 30 Mon­taigne and Dior Book Tote bags – now em­broi­dered with beads, cra ed in me­tal­lic leather or granted with an iri­des­cent sheen. The trusty Sad­dle bag, mean­while, has been en­veloped in tex­tured flo­ral pat­tern­ing. Trade­mark tulle dresses and ethe­real skirts, stal­warts of the Dior wardrobe, have been re-en­vi­sioned in del­i­cate, dusky hues, en­hanc­ing their fem­i­nine feel. And iri­des­cent mules in­scribed with the words “Chris­tian Dior” add a touch of sparkle. As the de­signer also said: “The tones of gray, pale turquoise and pink will pre­vail.”

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