#PFW: Dior's Fall/Winter 2013 Runway and BAGS Review!
4 March 2013

#PFW: Dior’s Fall/Winter 2013 Runway and BAGS Review!

Oversized silver spheres (think gigantic Christmas bauble ornaments) were scattered around Dior’s Fall/Winter 2013 cloud-filled blue sky motif runway. The catwalk was designed to look like meandering pathway, and the soundtrack for the presentation was put together using a musique concrète technique, with real, natural ambient sounds such as police sirens, and most notably snippets of conversation between a man and woman in both French and English (which I totally disagreed with due to the subject matter being discussed because at one point there was something about a woman getting fat, etc!).

Utilising pop artist Andy Warhol’s early works as prints on clothes, Raf Simons presented a rather artsy RTW collection for the Fall/Winter 2013 season, which, according to @Dior’s official twitter, was a “unique collaboration with The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts”. For Dior’s FW13 collection, Raf used “High Heel 1956”, “Female Head with Stamps 1959”, “Opéra Bouffe 1949”, “Shoe 1955” and “Stamped Shoe with Butterflies 1961” by Andy Warhol on both the dresses and the bags. Of course, this isn’t the first time that fashion designers incorporated actual artwork in their designs – the very first being Elsa Schiaparelli’s collaboration with surrealist painter Salvador Dali in the 1930s – and but it certainly doesn’t occur so frequently these days. In fact, Raf is rather known for his incorporation of art into his designs –remember his use of Japanese artist Léonard Tsuguharu Foujita’s works during his tenure at Jil Sander?

Although these Warhol pieces to me, stood out the most, and were my favourites, the collection was a sort of homage to the founder of the brand, Christian Dior himself :  reinterpretations of the “Bar” jacket, part of the “New Look” silhouette that Christian Dior himself had pioneered back in 1947 along with other, updated versions of designs from the Maison’s archives.

The Verdict: No Dior runway is complete without the iconic bags like the Lady Dior and the Diorissimo. The only difference was, that the Lady Dior and clutches had Warhol’s shoe illustrations boldly emblazoned on the front sort of like the way in which kinda reminded me of people who draw stuff on their Birkins, but in a much classier way. Needless to say, they were my favourites because I’m quirky like that! ;D

Images via Style.com