Thursday, January 7, 2010

Unlock the Fashion

  • Haute Couture, or High Fashion, has always had a bit of mystery, exclusivity, and seduction. From Alexander McQueen's models wearing masks on the runway, to the sensual curves of Valentino's gowns, down to the smallest details of Dior, it really is a combination of many elements all done perfectly that create this high fashion.
  • Christian Dior was the master of Haute Couture, creating the first "new look" in 1947. Since then, the fashion house has continued his tradition of creating the most sought after pieces. In 2006, the luxury fashion house launched Gaucho, a collection inspired by the Gauchos of Argentina. With a distinctly western cowboy feel, the collection featured hand washed leathers, rubbed with black wax for a vintage look and feel, and featured coins with the effigy of Dior, his favourite bow and flowers, and of course, an old style key - said to open the lock to the house of Dior.
  • And John Galliano's New Lock bag is no exception. A fabulous new collection with an innovative locking clasp, the bags feature the signature Cannage quilting - a Louis XIV pattern that was found on the gold gilded chairs in the main salon of Dior's house on Avenue Montagne in the St. Germain district of Paris. I've seen several different bags from this range, including a black lambskin with ruffled trim and chain link strap, an incredible red patent lambskin version, and of course the luxe hand painted python as well.
  • As if launching a new bag wasn't enough, the House of Dior again has raised the bar, creating a series of short (and by short - I mean like, 10 seconds maximum) films directed by Peter Lindberg and Darius Khondji and feature the stunning Nora Arnezeder. Of course, the real star is the New Lock. If you look closely, you'll see all the elements of the House of Dior as well. Those iconic gray chairs. The signature crown molding. The gold Dior Couture sign. Remember to unlock the secret of Haute Couture, because it really is all in the details.

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