DIOR AT 70!

NEW COL­LEC­TIONS, NEW BOOKS, A NEW MU­SEUM EX­HIBIT… ALL EYES ARE ON THE MOST PARISIAN OF MAISONS DUR­ING ITS AN­NIVER­SARY YEAR.

Los Angeles Confidential - - Contents - BY ADRI­ENNE GAFFNEY

New col­lec­tions, new books, a new mu­seum ex­hibit… All eyes are on the most Parisian of maisons dur­ing its an­niver­sary year.

Dior is mark­ing a ma­jor birth­day—and giv­ing fash­ion lovers world­wide a lot to cel­e­brate. A new fall col­lec­tion by first-year cre­ative di­rec­tor Maria Grazia Chi­uri, a lim­ited-edi­tion jew­elry range, an As­souline book series, and a mu­seum ret­ro­spec­tive for the ages each of­fers its own trib­ute to le monde de Dior.

Stand­out jew­elry and time­pieces honor the brand’s his­tory. The Dior VIII Mon­taigne Tis­sage Pre­cieux watch comes with three fab­ric bands—her­ring­bone, hound­stooth, and can­nage—that cel­e­brate Dior’s clas­sic tex­tile mo­tifs. New ad­di­tions to the Rose Dior jew­elry col­lec­tion, de­signed by the house’s haute joail­lerie hon­cho, Vic­toire de Castel­lane, in­clude the beloved Pré Cate­lan neck­lace in rose gold with di­a­monds and rose quartz.

Lux­ury book pub­lisher As­souline takes a bi­o­graph­i­cal look back at Dior’s evo­lu­tion with a series of tomes hon­or­ing each of the house’s seven cre­ative di­rec­tors. The first two, Dior by Chris­tian Dior and Dior by Yves Saint Lau­rent, are out now, with Dior by Marc Bo­han set for a Novem­ber re­lease.

In-house, Chi­uri took her own ac­count of the house’s rich legacy with her Fall/Win­ter 2017 wom­enswear col­lec­tion. A jour­ney through the decades, it is sat­u­rated in shades of deep blue, in­spired by the founder’s de­vo­tion to the color. The col­lec­tion is rec­og­niz­ably Dior but un­de­ni­ably young and en­er­getic.

The most am­bi­tious trib­ute of all is “Chris­tian Dior: Cou­turier du Rêve,” a 300-piece mu­seum ex­hibit span­ning 32,000 feet and run­ning through Jan­uary at Paris’s Musée des Arts Dé­co­rat­ifs. Taken to­gether, it’s a fit­ting ode to the man and the house that took fash­ion to the edge—with a glimpse of what might lay be­yond. 309 N. Rodeo Dr., Bev­erly Hills, 310-859-4700; dior.com

Maria Grazia Chi­uri’s Fall/Win­ter 2017 show was an homage to blue, Chris­tian Dior’s fa­voritecolor. RIGHT: Jen­nifer Lawrence at­tended the show in an out­fit pulled from Dior’s re­cent Re­sort col­lec­tion.

The sec­ond of As­souline’s seven Dior tomes, Dior by Yves Saint Lau­rent (RIGHT), chron­i­cles YSL’s de­signs, such as this 1959 Vie de Château vel­vet evening dress with mink trim. LEFT: A mu­seum ex­hibit in Paris in­cludes more than 300 Dior dresses from 1947 to the present. ABOVE: Rose Dior Pré Cate­lan ring, $7,600, Dior Fine Jew­elry.

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