Dior runway review: where performance art and fashion fused on the runway!

 
One of the big trends, the military inspired jacket with embroidered stitching! And the double ribbon headband that the models wore.

One of the big trends, the military inspired jacket with embroidered stitching! And the double ribbon headband that the models wore.

 

Where do the lines of art and fashion blur? When does a runway show become more then a showcase of a new collection? I’m not just speaking about a designer who puts crazy designs on the models just to garner attention whether it is good or bad. I’ve seen some of my favorite fashion houses fall lately to more shock value designs thinking that the uglier the outfits the more attention it will get, falling into the “all press is good press” idea. 

However, the Dior spring show could not have been more opposite! This show was a true blending of art and fashion. It wasn’t a fashion show; it was a symphony of dance, inspiration, emotions and the female form. 


 
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From the start, the show was dramatic with a dancer that was met by another dancer and a cascade of models in what is now typical Dior designs. The head design Maria Grazia Chiuir has stripped down some of that essential femininity that Dior was known for and molded into a more utilitarian form. From simplistic colors and cuts with multi layers but, don’t be fooled the tailoring is 100% Dior perfection. 

Maria was inspired by dance, the movement of the body and from the start of the show that was translated. The smoky ambiances made it have a dream like feel and the waterfall of petals that fell the entire time was a magical touch. The interwoven movement of the dancers and models was perfectly choreographed. I had to watch the show more than once to soak it all in. There was simply so much for the senses to take in visually!

At times I wanted to take in the dance, this rhythmic movement that pulsed like a beating organism but then you’d see the model seamless walk though the dancers and you’d think, the fashion look at that! 


 
The knitted ombrè cape with the military crossbody bag with scribbled Dior notes and writing.

The knitted ombrè cape with the military crossbody bag with scribbled Dior notes and writing.

 

So let’s talk about the fashion…

Lots of fabrics in pale skin tones were dominating, from full length knitted ombré capes paired with military cross body bags (features in my illustration above) to tons of military inspiration jackets tailored in a classic Dior style. Classic Dior lace silhouettes but tailored in a suiting way that gave structure and confidence.


 
The envelope style saddlebag with the Dior pattern decorative strap.

The envelope style saddlebag with the Dior pattern decorative strap.

 

Ballet Slippers Forward!

Ballet shoes from flats, mini heels and even open toe ballet style were what every model had on. We saw different versions and colors but make note that ballet inspired shoes will be a staring trend this spring.

And the saddlebag was also all over the runway. We saw a very slim almost envelope like version (good luck fitting more than your iPhone in it) but who needs more than that when you are draped in head to toe Dior!


 
One of the evening dresses in the dream like fabric pattern with a shimmering top layer!

One of the evening dresses in the dream like fabric pattern with a shimmering top layer!

 

Sparkling like a ghostly mirage in a dreamlike landscape the dresses emerged at the end of the show!!!

The dresses where layered with flesh colored sheer shirts under them. They were like a Smokey dream of a pattern with soft tones of purples, pinks, greens and blues. Then they were coated in a glimmering sheen. Other dresses included long sheer gowns with the sheer boxy under garment look Dior has started.

It has been a long time since I saw a show this captivating. Whether or not the fashion spoke to you, you have to applaud the showmanship that the house of Dior is always able to put on. They always bring a true value of art and craftsmanship into each runway show. That is why Dior shows are some of my favorite to watch and if you have a chance to watch some documentaries on the fashion house I recommend starting with, “Dior and I”. It shows you how many people it takes to produce just one season. I love seeing all the artisans it takes just to make one look come to life!

 
Blake Lively was spotted in the front row in a stunning Dior dress!

Blake Lively was spotted in the front row in a stunning Dior dress!

 

INTRODUCING MY SUMMER COLLECTION PREVIEW!

 
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Summer is around the corner but sometimes it's hard to escape your daily grind. I'm creating a summer home collection that will help set the relaxing vibes so you can make your home a staycation!

Featured here are two main prints, Azul Palms and Pink n' Palms. Each painting will add a fun splash of summer to your home! Choose from endless items and with Zazzle you have the option to change and customize all the items so they fit your home perfectly.

Some of my favorite items are the plates (great for entertaining a summer lunchin) the wall clocks, bath sets and trays. Adding little touches around your house is the easiest way to freshen up your home and help welcome in summer!

Have fun shopping! Shop the whole collection here!


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Azul Palms

Enjoy the cool blues and chic pinks thoughout your home!


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Pink n' Palms

Sit and relax under the pink and green palm motif!


A Fall collection so HOT, we can understand why the Devil is wearing Prada!

 
 

A rainbow of colors, an array of feathers, crystals and art deco elegance, this is Prada Fall 2017 and we are obsessed. This is questionably one of the best collections Prada has brought to us; it has every bit of art deco elegance and glamour all wrapped in a sophistication only Prada can produce.


 
 

What lesson can we take away from the fall collection?

COLOR, COLOR, COLOR. Fall this year will be in a class all it’s own. Prada rocks colors from turquoise blues, ruby reds, peaches, bubble gum pink, emerald green and more. This collection brings a touch of mens wear with it’s clean cuts but adds touches of femininity with ostrich feathers and brooches galore. 


 
If you love the illustrations scroll below to shop the designs!

If you love the illustrations scroll below to shop the designs!

 

The glamour of the past with the style of the present!

If you love and appreciate the art deco era, this collection will be a huge source of inspiration to you. You will notice brooch pins all over the accessories from shoes to bags. Pendant necklaces so huge they will weigh you down with style. 


Brace yourself for the SHOES!

If you could dream of a shoe collection with bold, quintessential girlie style, it would be this collection (as you can note I can’t stop drawing them! ). Perfectly pink satin heels, heels with jewels encrusted all over, funky twist with golden circles on the heel and i’m getting overwhelmed in the perfection of this collection. But Prada also gave us menwear inspired shoes (still a trend going very strong). Prada offered us loafers with feathers and crystals from slides in rich velvets with a brooch to top it off. The shoes are a candy shop for us fashion lovers and we are on a sugar overload.

What I took away from the runway show was that we can be strong, feminine women but that doesn't mean we have to wear a plain black suit. It shows us that fashion can be fun and expressive  no matter what career we have.  We can step out of the box and add fun, frivolous glamour to any outfit we choose.

SHOP BELOW! 

 
 

BIG NEWS: LOVE IT, WEAR IT, STYLE IT!

I’ve had such great feed back from all the illustrations that I am expanding them to my existing t-shirt collection. Below are a select few designs that I have released! You can shop all the designs through Zazzle! I love Zazzle because they allow you, the customer to pick what type of shirt you like whether it be slim cut or relaxed fit. I suggest the fit called Bella’s Canvas relaxed (what the model is wearing). You also can change the shirt color or make it into a dress! The options are endless so have fun making it your own!

I also offer mugs and pillows. More items are coming so stay up to date in my newsletter. Thank you all for your support in my art and blog!

Introducing My New Series Of Art & Scroll To The End For A Special Bonus Only For My Followers !

 
Some of my favorite paintings and my current painting still in progress.

Some of my favorite paintings and my current painting still in progress.

 

As my fashion blog is growing I wanted to share with you all the inspirations behind my blog. It all started with my paintings, I always looked to the fashion world as a foundation for my art inspiration. Constantly looking at the newest trends, designs and editorial ads lead to more than just inspiration for my painting but the start of my blog. I love to explore new trends and see the new design interpretations designers are coming out with. My blog and my art work go hand in hand now; when I am looking into new designs for my blog I find myself being inspired for new paintings. My paintings are ways to explore and imagine new things and that also inspire how I will style an outfit and pair colors and textures together.


My new series!

My new series is a review of our current views of art and how the idolization of brands and designers mimics how religious paintings were the idols/muses of the past times. I find it a fun exploration to look at the classic religious motifs and how to merge those compositions with the top brands and items that people are in a way worshiping now. For example, we display paintings of items such as handbags and shoes the same way the past times displayed paintings of the Mother Mary. I was inspired to paint my Chanel Nun because I find that people are so wrapped up in the fashion world, it has become a religion in a way; we have all heard of the saying that “Vogue is the fashion bible”. 

We can find numerous examples of fashions ADs eluding to a mixing of religions iconography with accessories. In 2011 Chanel did one of the most sensational editorial ADs I have seen so far, it eludes to the Byzantine era with mosaics, a holy flare and touches of metals. The stunning photography was able to capture the photo as a graceful, elegant yet modern composition of art that merged the historical past to the modern future Chanel was designing.


 
 

My Holy Mother of Fashion represents the pedestal we have built the fashion world up on. The purity of the female form is stripped down and overtaken with the accessories of the moment that have elevated her to a new level. I find that painting these helps me take a step back and see that fashion is fun and not to take it as serious as a religion as some do.

My paintings are ways to explore and conceptualize the current fashion trends with my love of painting portraits that reflect aspects of my most cherish artists such as Vermeer, Klimt and Caravaggio. 


 
 

My gilded treats

I’ve mentioned the Byzantine era, I loved studying this era of art history and when I saw some of the top fashion houses using this as inspiration I was more than pleased. I was inspired to add mosaics to my painting and the effect was more impactful than I could of imagined. I love adding the gold foil to my art now, it is a painstaking task as each foil is hand cut and placed. Sometimes I’m kicking myself for taking on such a large scale project with all these tiny mosaic foils to be added but I can’t resist because the outcome to me is well worth all the hours spent. Below are two of my dearest paintings with the gold foil. I love the emotion that came though in each and the foil to me sets an intimate atmosphere that compliments each emotion. 


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Enter code FASHIONART at checkout. This code is good till the end of the month and can only be used on paintings.

Have fun shopping and deigning your walls in the latest fashion art. Send me your pictures with the painting you bought and I will feature you on my social media and blog ! thank you all for following me.

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