Christian Dior Secret Garden – Versailles Videos

Met my fashion kryptonite with Dior using Depeche Mode as the music for their Secret Garden – Versailles video series.

May 2012 – Secret Garden – Versailles

A film by Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin, starring Daria Strokus, Melissa Stasiuk and Xiao Wen Ju in La Galeries Des Glaces РCh̢teau de Versailles.
Depeche Mode: ‘Enjoy the Silence’

June 2013 – Secret Garden – Versailles

The Château de Versailles, emblem of Dior’s tradition, hosts a new tale which brings to life the Dior Fall 2013 collection. The chateau and its park abound with well-kept secrets. The heart of the royal land conceals an extraordinary world of poetry and color: in the depth of its mysterious woods a secret garden blooms out of sight, inhabited by flower-women. From the Grand Trianon to the enchanted forest, Versailles becomes the picturesque backdrop of a dreamlike tale.
Depeche Mode – Behind the Wheel

Christian Dior Fall Winter 2013 – 2014 Ad Campaign

Christian Dior Fall Winter 2013 - 2014 Ad Campaign
Christian Dior Fall Winter 2013 – 2014 Ad Campaign

I’m lucky this season for my favourite models headlining campaigns this season. Mariacarla Boscono is one of the stars of the Christian Dior Fall Winter 2013 – 2014 Ad Campaign. I’m not big on the whole campaign so I’ve only included the two I like.

Christian Dior Fall Winter 2013 - 2014 Ad Campaign
Christian Dior Fall Winter 2013 – 2014 Ad Campaign

Model: Mariacarla Boscono, Daria Strokous
Photographer: Willy Vanderperre

images: thefashionspot.com

Christian Dior Haute Couture Fall – Winter 2013 – 2014

Christian Dior Haute Couture Fall - Winter 2013 - 2014
Christian Dior Haute Couture Fall – Winter 2013 – 2014

The Christian Dior Haute Couture Fall – Winter 2013 – 2014 collection made me sit up and take notice this year. No it wasn’t because of the clothing, it was the models. The Black Models. Like, finally.

Christian Dior Haute Couture Fall - Winter 2013 - 2014
Christian Dior Haute Couture Fall – Winter 2013 – 2014

Dior has been incredibly lily white since Raf Simons took over. It was a very different to John Galliano’s way of doing things that was a bit more inclusive. Raf isn’t off the hook and I’m not applauding Dior for anything. I’m just happy to look at these beautiful women. Like, Yasmin walked the damn show. That’s awesome.

Christian Dior Haute Couture Fall - Winter 2013 - 2014
Christian Dior Haute Couture Fall – Winter 2013 – 2014

You can watch the Christian Dior Haute Couture Fall – Winter 2013 – 2014 fashion show below.

Christian Dior Haute Couture Fall - Winter 2013 - 2014
Christian Dior Haute Couture Fall – Winter 2013 – 2014

I liked a lot of the clothing too and you can see the rest of the photos for the Christian Dior Haute Couture Fall – Winter 2013 – 2014 collection on Style.com

Christian Dior Haute Couture Fall - Winter 2013 - 2014
Christian Dior Haute Couture Fall – Winter 2013 – 2014
Christian Dior Haute Couture Fall - Winter 2013 - 2014
Christian Dior Haute Couture Fall – Winter 2013 – 2014

I want – I got visits CBC’s In the Kitchen with Stefano Faita

Anita Clarke on CBC's In The Kitchen with Stefano Faita
Anita Clarke on CBC’s In The Kitchen with Stefano Faita

You don’t say no to the photographer that put you on the webpages of Women’s Wear Daily. So when the lovely James Teen offered me a tiny bit of Kitchen TV stardom I said yes, yes and yes. The show James works on is called CBC’s In the Kitchen with Stefano Faita. You may have seen it. Me, I never heard of it before. I didn’t even bother to Google it after I accepted. I went on my merry little way until a friend mentioned that Stefano, the host was pretty hot. Not going to lie, I hit up Google immediately after that nugget of information. Ha.

The episode was called Stefano’s Restaurant-Style Dishes and it originally aired on November 6, 2012. I heard through twitter about it, ha.

 

 

In the episode, Stefano prepares Deconstructed Beef Wellington and my favourite Classic Crème Brûlée. I helped out with the Classic Crème Brûlée so I was only on screen for the last segment. It was ridiculously fun and Stefano is pretty hot in person. CBC doesn’t do embedded video so you can watch the CBC’s website, look for the Episode Stefano’s Restaurant-Style Dishes – November 6, 2012. The In the Kitchen website has tons of video and corresponding recipes. I think it’s definitely worth a bookmark as a reference.

Anita Clarke on CBC's In The Kitchen with Stefano Faita
Anita Clarke on CBC’s In The Kitchen with Stefano Faita

Dressing for TV is always interesting. I opted for my vintage Dior knit twinset. I knew my hands would be prominent in the show so I wore Chanel Particulière on my nails. Thank you Natalie and Frank who sat participated in the taping too. It was great to have some friends there to help me calm my nerves.

BIG Dream: How a Dior Dress Came to the ROM – February 9, 2013

BIG Dream: How a Dior Dress Came to the ROM - February 9, 2013
BIG Dream: How a Dior Dress Came to the ROM – February 9, 2013

BIG Dream: How a Dior Dress Came to the ROM – February 9, 2013

Dr. Alexandra Palmer delivers the inside scoop on the ROM’s commission of the House of Dior’s design and creation of the breathtaking haute couture dress now taking centre stage in BIG. Includes the world premiere of the full version of the film Dior about the making of the dress.

Saturday, February 9, 2013
2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Royal Ontario Museum
Signy and Cléophée Eaton Theatre
President’s Choice School Entrance

Public: $20
RPC, YRC Members: $15
Members: $15

Christian Dior Haute Couture Spring Summer 2013

Christian Dior Haute Couture Spring Summer 2013
Christian Dior Haute Couture Spring Summer 2013

The Christian Dior Haute Couture Spring Summer 2013 collection sealed the deal. I’m drinking the Raf Simons at Dior koolaid and it’s delicious. This collection is a stroll through the gardens. Think the opposite of Galliano’s floral display of Fall 2010. This is subtle and wearable. The devil is in the details in this couture collection. I even love the shoes even though they look completely uncomfortable. I’m still trying to figure out the shoe tight business. Are they like thigh highs with a shoe attached. They look amazing regardless of construction.

Christian Dior Haute Couture Spring Summer 2013
Christian Dior Haute Couture Spring Summer 2013

The video is out and it’s in HD.

Everything about this is beautiful and it just brought such a smile to my face. Pat McGrath’s crystal lips was the cherry on top of this collection.

Christian Dior Haute Couture Spring Summer 2013
Christian Dior Haute Couture Spring Summer 2013

The detail shots give you an idea of the incredible work by the atelier under Raf’s direction.

Christian Dior Haute Couture Spring Summer 2013
Christian Dior Haute Couture Spring Summer 2013

I love these gold and emerald heels.

Christian Dior Haute Couture Spring Summer 2013
Christian Dior Haute Couture Spring Summer 2013

images: style.com

Secret Garden – Versailles by Dior

The easiest way to get me to jump back on that fashion bandwagon is to use Depeche Mode’s Enjoy the Silence in your fashion video. Oh, hello there Dior. I think it’s love at first sight again!

‘Secret Garden – Versailles’
A film by Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin, starring Daria Strokus, Melissa Stasiuk and Xiao Wen Ju in La Galeries Des Glaces РCh̢teau de Versailles.
Music by Depeche Mode: ‘Enjoy the Silence’

Thanks to Perfecto Mag for posting this Perfecto video!

New Year, New Nails

This is the first Nails post of 2012, yay! Shall we take a look at what I’ve been up to recently.

Nails by Melissa at @tipsnailbar

After two great Shellac applications, I decided to try Gelish. They had different colours to CND and I was willing to give them a shot. My nails are on the bottom and have the tie dye effect. I loved the way they looked and the Gelish lasted a very long time. Removal was a huge bitch and my nail were splitting pretty badly. So much so that I don’t’ recommend Gelish at all.

Getting used to this yellow nail polish. Colour doesn't seem right

I purchased some nail polish from American brand Rescue Beauty Lounge. This yellow polish called Mellow Yellow went on very well.

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I can’t remember what polish I used for this but I think the thumb is YSL Midnight Blue and the digits are NARS

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I’m incorporating the glitter polish at lot to. I like putting it on the tips only.  I believe the thumb is YSL Midnight Blue and the digits are Butter London Blagger.  The glitter is Deborah Lippmann Boom Boom Pow.  She does some good glitter.

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NARS Galion and Deborah Lippmann Today was a Fairytale

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This is from the Daphne Guinness x MAC Collection. This colour is called Hyperion and I love it!

Red-DiorApparatBritRed

Still playing around with the thumb as a different colour. Here I use a random red I got as a gift from London, England and Dior Apparat.

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Chanel Peridot is a classic and I love adding the L.A. Girl Glitter Addict Uninhibited polish to the tips

Nails-Purples

I love the Deborah Lippmann Boom Boom Pow on the tips of this purple to pink gradient mani. From left to right: RGB pink, Elmspa Anita (yes, the colour is called Anita), Butter London Queen Vic, Cheeky Monkey Brazen Hussy, American Apparel Neon Violet.

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This was the product of a boring night at home, Random metallic mani.  Left to Right: Lancome MF072, Deborah Lippmann Believe, Dior Apparat, Chanel Peridot, Chanel Quartz.

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My latest discovery is matte top coat. Its changed my life. Here I’ve used a Lancome red with L.A. Girl Glitter Addict Uninhibited polish. I then decided to try out this Deborah Lippmann topcoat I’ve had laying around. OMFG, I love the results.

On the hunt for some of the polishes you saw here, well hit up the following:
Holt Renfrew
The Hudson’s Bay Company
Donato Salon and Spa

I received the L.A. Girl Glitter Addict polish as a Christmas present but you can order online here. I also ordered the Rescue Beauty Lounge polish off their website.

i got: Fall Winter 2011 – 2012 Nail Binge: NARS, Dior, Chanel

I’ve had some fun buying some of the Fall Winter 2011 – 2012 nail polish options.

NARS

NARS Nail Polish
Left to Right: Galion, Night Rider, Night Porter, Night Flight, Night Breed

NARS is one of my go to nail polish brands.  It has a beautiful, slick finish and with a nice brush.  The polish wears well for me too.    I got the entire Night Series collection (Night Rider, Night Porter, Night Flight, Night Breed) because I couldn’t choose. The Night Series collection is based on the iconic NARS Night Series Eyeshadows.  I also had to have the Fall 2011 colour, Galion.

Chanel

Tips Gradient Manicure
Left to Right: Chanel Coco Blue, Chanel Blue Boy, Chanel Blue Rebel

I got The Oracle to pick me up the Les Jeans de Chanel colours that were limited edition for Fashion Night Out 2011.  I had Melissa from Tips Nail Bar to incorporate them into a great blue gradient manicure because I couldn’t choose just one to wear.   I love Chanel nail polish it wears very well and has staying power.

Tips Gradient Manicure
Left to Right: YSL Moonlight Blue, Chanel Blue Rebel, Chanel Blue Boy, Chanel Coco Blue, Chanel Riva

Dior

Weird brush on the Dior polish but I have to love the results

I saw Apparat, the new limited edition Dior Nail Lacquer for Holiday 2011 on my new favourite beauty site Temptalia.  The photos on Temptalia looked so good.  Apparat is a gorgeous ruby colour with a hint of gold.   I immediately started a twitter search to find it.   With the help of the Hudson Bay twitter account, I found Apparat at the Queen Street flagship store.

SHOWstudio does Spring Summer 2011 Haute Couture


The guys from SHOWstudio shoot model, Ming Xi in various iconic pieces from the Spring Summer 2011 Haute Couture collections. Designers featured include Jean Paul Gaultier, Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci, and John Galliano for Christian Dior. I’ve embedded the fashion film featuring Ming Xi here on the site but I urge you to check out the SHOWstudio site because each Haute Couture look get an in depth video treatment like the Givenchy one I posted a couple weeks ago. These videos give you an up close look at the dresses and talks about significant design details. Plus, there is an interesting interview with Ming.

Christian Dior Haute Couture Spring Summer 2011 Video

The Christian Dior Haute Couture Spring Summer 2011 fashion show video is out. I loved this collection and that makes it two in a row that gets thumbs up from me.
Part 1

Part 2

John Galliano’s walk at the end of this one is classic as always. He’s also sporting a new hairstyle.

Christian Dior Haute Couture – Fall 2010 – 2011

Christian Dior Haute Couture - Fall 2010

I can’t remember the last time I was excited for a Christian Dior Haute Couture collection. The fall 2010 collection has made me a believer in John Galliano again. It helps that he’s influence is a favourite of mine too, flowers. I have a bit of a flower photo taking fetish and I was delighted as soon as I saw the first look.

Christian Dior Haute Couture - Fall 2010

The collection is saturated in colour and the resemblance of the clothing to flowers is undeniable.

Christian Dior Haute Couture - Fall 2010

Everything is just perfect about this collection. It has enough spectacle to be interesting and the construction details are to die for.

Christian Dior Haute Couture - Fall 2010

The gowns are just beautiful, however some of the models were way too thin in them. It’s especially apparent in any back shots you see.

Christian Dior Haute Couture - Fall 2010

Christian Dior Haute Couture - Fall 2010

I tracked down some footage of the show so you can get a look at the clothing moving. Hopefully the full show will be available soon.

View the whole collection at style.com, it’s really worth it.

images: vogue.uk.com

Christian Dior Pre-Fall 2010

Christian Dior Pre-Fall 2010

Oooooh wartime Dior, I’m down. This totally feeds into my military fetish and marks the first time I’ve been interested in Dior in many years. Wow, what is pre-fall 2010 doing, first YSL and now Dior. The light baby blue ruffled dress is my favourite. Oh and I’m loving the leather.

Christian Dior Pre-Fall 2010

I’ve bashed Dior a fare bit on the site lately. The last time I had something positive to say was Dior Fall 2008 Couture.

Christian Dior Pre-Fall 2010

Christian Dior Pre-Fall 2010

images: style.com

Fashion Show Venues – Menswear Fall 2010

Fashion Show Venues - Menswear Fall 2010 - Adam Kimmel
Adam Kimmel

Wallpaper has featured some of the venues from the Fall 2010 menswear shows. Here are a few of my favourites. Adam Kimmel’s presentation was just creepy. Check out Tommy Ton’s photos from the Adam Kimmell show.

Fashion Show Venues - Menswear Fall 2010 - Maison Marten Margiela
Maison Martin Margiela
Fashion Show Venues - Menswear Fall 2010 - Lanvin
Lanvin

I love the long white runway with high wall at Lanvin.

Fashion Show Venues - Menswear Fall 2010 - Dior
Dior

images: Wallpaper.com

Spring Summer 2010 Runway Fashion Trends


I have some trend forecasting posts for Spring 2010, but I realize that doesn’t help anyone looking for what is going on after the shows have happened. Here is a post to help those who are getting directed to the Fashion Trends Forecasting Spring Summer 2010 post. These are the trends that are hitting the streets for spring and summer 2010.

SS10 Trends Lingerie Jean Paul Gaultier
Lingerie on the outside – Dior, Dolce & Gabbana, Jean Paul Gaultier

SS10 Trends Blazers Junya Watanabe
The blazer. See Junya Watanabe, Yohji Yamamoto, Isabel Marant, Balmain

SS10 Trends Legs Versace
Legs in shorts or skirts. See Alexander Wang, Marc Jacobs, Versace

SS10 Trends Leather Celin
Leather. See Celine, Ann Demeulemeester, YSL, Rick Owens, Greta Constantine

SS10 Trends Sports Rag & Bone
Sport. See Rag and Bone, Alexander Wang, Prada, Balenciaga, Gucci, Hermès

SS10 Trends On the Farm RalphLauren
On the Farm. See Chanel, D&G, Ralph Laure, Christopher Kane


Knotting and draping. See Burberry, Donna Karen, Lanvin

SS10 Trends Prints Alexander McQueen
Prints. See Versace, Givenchy, Dries Van Noten, Alexander McQueen

SS10 Trends Kitten Heels Louis Vuitton

Kitten Heels.  See Marni, Louis Viutton, Missoni

SS10 Trends Sheer Donna Karen
Sheer – Donna Karen, Alexander Wang, Calvin Klein, Jeremy Laing

Cutouts. See Phi, Mark Fast, Viktor & Rolf, Michael Kors, Gucci

SS10 Trends Military Jil Sander
Military РBalmain, Celine, Jean Paul Gaultier, Chlo̩, Phi

SS10 Trends Stripes Givenchy

Stripes. See Roland Mouret, Kenzo, Sonia Rykiel, Givenchy, Gareth Pugh

SS10 Trends Lavender Louise Goldin
Lavender. See Louise Godin, Michael Kors, Marc Jacobs,

Matthew Williamson, Versace, Burberry, Louis Vuitton

images: style.com, the fashion spot

Men’s Spring 2010 Fashion Show Venues

Wallpaper.com did there seasonal post about fashion show venues. I always like seeing the photos of the venues before the people, models, photographers and clothing arrive.

Moncler
Moncler

The Moncler venue is stunning. The models walked on the deck of the pool.

Galliano
Galliano - My Favourite

I love the graffiti in venue, it was quite the contrast to the John Galliano Sprign 2010 collection.

images: Wallpaper.com.

Christian Dior Haute Couture – Fall 2009

Christian Dior Couture - Fall 2009

To me this collection felt half done or half assed. A lot of the looks featured no bottoms or tops. It was very bizarre. All I could think was: Is this what recession couture looks like? Did you run out of money for fabric?

Christian Dior Couture - Fall 2009

There were some interesting looks like this lace number. The rest, very beautiful but I was bored. However, I really loved the hats.

Christian Dior Couture - Fall 2009

images: Style.com

geekiviews: Diorshow Mascara

Diorshow Mascara

Diorshow Mascara

You might remember my last run in with blue mascara. I bought the Cargo stuff in April and I promptly threw it out in the fall. I was left without for a few months and decided to give the Diorshow Mascara in Blue Azure a shot. I had received a tester of some kind of Dior mascara at a fashion event and loved it.

geekiviews: Diorshow Mascara

Things I like about Diorshow

  • The colour. It’s a great blue that’s not too bright
  • The brush is massive
  • It’s waterproof
  • It doesn’t flake

Things I don’t like

  • It took 3 coats to achieve the look in the above picture
  • It wasn’t easy putting the mascara on. You really had to wiggle that brush to get the product on the lashes. I really want Ôscillation by Lancôme to come in blue.

Overall, I like the product and it produces quality results even though those results are difficult to achieve. If the Ôscillation comes out with Blue it’s all over for Diorshow; it lengthens and curls without the need of an eyelash curler.

Fashion Show Videos Spring 2009

Yves Saint Laurent Spring 2009

Very pretty and wearable collection, however it didn’t grab me like Fall Winter 2008.

Proenza Schouler Spring 2009

Didn’t change my mind about the collection too much, but props for using Skinny Puppy

Alexander Wang Spring 2009

Everyone was peeing themselves over this collection in NYC

Christian Dior Spring 2009

Alessandro Dell’Acqua Spring 2009

I didn’t do a dedicated post to this collection but I quite liked it.

Gianfranco Ferre Spring 2009

Very luxurious clothing, as always.

Viktor & Rolf Spring 2009

I include this only because the presentation is great. I really like the side views. The clothing on the other hand….

Christian Dior Haute Couture – Fall-Winter 2008


John redeemed himself to me with this couture collection. Now if we can ween him off the New Look kool-aid everything will be great. Don’t get me wrong, I love New Look but it’s time for him to move on or do a neo-New Look, 😛

click the thumbnail below to see a larger version of the dress above, gorgeous.

The video is out already view it here: Video, Christian Dior Haute Couture Fall-Winter 2008 . 2009 on Frillr. You can also view the Resort 2009 collection video.