Christian Dior plans to open its only full-line women’s store in Texas in February at Highland Park Village. This is the same shopping center that already features Alexander McQueen and Yves Saint Laurent. Pretty sophisticated!
Highland Park Village owners Ray and Heather Washburne and Stephen and Elisa Summers have intensified the center’s focus on luxury since they bought it in 2009. Stephen Summers manages leasing. His wife, Elisa, and Heather Washburne are sisters and heirs to part of the H.L. Hunt oil fortune. Which kind of sums up the essence of the Dallas fashion phenomenon. There's a lot of money floating around Texas. Perfect spot to build luxury stores!
“Dallas is a major market for fashion, and Stephen and his family have done a fantastic job of upgrading that center,” said Pamela Baxter, president of Christian Dior Couture. “We’re very excited to get it open and start cultivating the local Dallas client.”
The Dallas unit will be Dior’s 15th in the U.S. Dior is also preparing to open its fourth U.S. Dior Homme store in late November in the Miami Design District, Baxter added. Yay, Miami! Now that's more like it.
Anyway, speaking of Dior. The creative director Raf Simons is a delight. The 2013 Spring/Summer ready to wear collection is wearable and chic; a return to the little black dress. most of the line is perfect for day to night. He also presented ensembles that seemed like gala gowns cut off at the waist leaving just the visual interest of its top half. Our favorite was the party dresses.
Sure, there's a tennis match going on. But all eyes were on the Royal Box at Wimbledon today, which held not only Kate Middleton and her plus-one, Pippa, but also David and Victoria Beckham. Has there ever been more chic stuffed into one spectator box?
It was Kate's second appearance at the tennis tournament, after she attended last Wednesday wearing a nautical-inspired Alexander McQueen dress (a repeat, obvi), cheering with Prince William by her side. Today Willz couldn't make it but Pippa was free, so the two sisters put on their best summer dresses for the Andy Murray vs. Roger Federer final.
Catherine, of course, pulled yet another repeat: her white Joseph sheath, worn on her Royal Tour a year ago, and a coordinating Joseph jacket, worn at the Epsom Derby last year. (Kate, get new clothes pleaseeeeee. Also, is this about the time you start re-wearing everything from the Royal Tour? OK, cool, good to know.)
Pippa made our day, however, by going with something totally new -- and trendy! The famous sis, who took in an early Wimbledon match a over a week ago, looked fashion-forward in a white and blue print peplum dress by Project D.
But the best surprise of all? Kate in sunglasses! We never see the duchess in sunnies -- and unsurprisingly, she looks very good.
Both Middleton women were brighter and cheerier than David and Victoria Beckham, who also sat in the Royal Box for the match. David wore a dark suit with a crisp white shirt, looking like the model he is, and Victoria was her Victoria-est in a dark green dress from her Fall 2012 collection, her hair pulled back and those signature oversized shades. And, despite acknowledging that her perpetual scowl makes her look like a "moody cow," the designer was as unsmiling as ever.
Word has it Anna Wintour was also in the house. Let's make this photo opp happen, people!
Let's give major props to Sarah Burton, the creative director at Alexander McQueen. She is seriously kicking ass. Although at this point everyone knows she's awesome (She designed Kate Middleton's wedding dress, and she won the Designer of the Year at the 2011 British Fashion Awards). We are in love with her latest menswear collection. Her inspirations were Marc Bolan, Lucian Freud, Picasso, William Powell, and to the German conductor Herbert von Karajan. Think aristocratic artists of the 1940's. "Male vanity," said Sarah Burton. The designer mentioned Dorian Gray and Visconti's Death in Venice as reference points. The mood of a decadent old Europe was captured as well.But Burton was keen to point out that such historical references hardly did the collection full justice. "We wanted to make this collection more graphic," she said. "More real." To that end, there was a new, more relaxed feel in the tailoring. We thought was elegant and confident.
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