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“The Daring Buds of Dior”, by Nicole Clinton

The Daring Buds of Dior. One of our newly joined writers, Nicole Clinton, explores Dior’s fixation with flowers and the possible reasoning behind it. – – – From the time of its inception as a fashion house in December 1946, Dior’s collections have drawn inspiration from flowers and their related connotations. After showcasing his first collection in February 1947, the label’s founding father, Christian Dior, supposedly exclaimed: “I have designed flower women”. The brand’s reliance on floral configurations meandered its way through the last 69 years to culminate in a botanical extravaganza last autumn, when its most recent creative director, Raf Simons, exhibited his effeminate Spring/Summer 2016 lines on a catwalk engulfed in walls of luscious flowerbeds. The fact that the flower theme is still being upheld by the house so obviously leads us to wonder: why is it that Christian Dior exuded a fixation with flowers and why did his most recent predecessor find it relevant to reignite said preoccupation today? The root of Dior’s infatuation with floral motifs may be uncovered through studying the …

#News: March

>> Sophia Webster Wins BFC/Vogue Fashion Fund Congratulations to Sophia Webster, who won the BFC/Vogue Fashion Fund earlier this month. The luxury footwear designer won the award, which provides £200,000 funding and a year of mentorship, at the Bulgari Hotel. So what’s next for Webster after her celebrations? “The store is next on the agenda, we only just got the keys last week, so that’s our next focus. After that, our team is growing and we’ve really outgrown our space so next will be a new office. It’s incredible.” >> Armani Ditches Fur “I am pleased to announce that the Armani Group has made a firm commitment to abolish the use of animal fur in its collections,” read a statement made by an Armani spokesperson, as they made the decision to go cruelty-free in their fashion collections as of AW16. The policy will apply to the Giorgio Armani, Emporio Armani and Armani Prive collections – let’s hope other brands follow by example. >> Mansur Gavriel Bucket Bag Lawsuit Leather goods designers Mansur Gavriel have accused …

“Raf Simons x Dior” by Ludovica Colacino

Written by Ludovica Colacino, with accompanying photograph of Raf Simons sourced via Vogue UK. It’s 2012 and Raf Simons has just taken John Galliano’s place at Dior after his dismissal. The initial fear of representing la Maison has left its place to the dazzling creativity of the designer; since his first haute couture collection, Simons aimed for the modernization of the brand without losing sight of its traditions. His later designs, collections and shows will only underline how deep his understanding of Christian Dior is. It’s easy to see the legendary elegance of the lines even underneath Simons’ most edgy creations. After 20 years spent working for his own brand named after him – plus a seven year commitment to Jil Sanders as a creative director – Simons was looking for a much wider audience and for a challenge, especially towards himself and his talent. Dior is already one of the most luxurious brands existing today, and the perspective of writing a chapter of its story is an unbelievable opportunity. It was a risk for …