J’adore DIOR

Recently I visited the ROM to see the J’adore Dior exhibit. The exhibit celebrates Toronto’s connection to Dior couture and Dior’s 70th Anniversary.

It featured the ROM’s collection of Dior dresses donated by Toronto socialites. The show was small but well curated. It told the story of Toronto’s love affair with Dior dresses. The entire design process was explained so you could see a garment from start to finish. One outfit was a strapless dress for evening that came with an buttoned vest for daytime. So practical for a busy 1950’s lady.

So many favourites…

I loved this pinstripe taffeta with the pink sash. It has a very modern top and the menswear inspired fabric with the feminine full skirt is a great contrast. This blue and grey ribbon dress has so much detail and embellishment and yet it was such a simple cut. The dress to the left and behind is made up of white cotton ribbon and black linen. Both are studies in embellishment and simplicity.

These 2 black dresses are so chic. The draping of the gown on the left takes a lot of skill and would have needed several fittings with the client to make it perfect! The tailoring of the black day dress on the right screams sophistication. All that’s missing is the big black sunglasses and cartwheel hat.

When I saw this black dress on the right I knew I had some pieces in my closet that to make a Dior look. This skirt has a tulip flared bottom similar to the Dior dress and the fitted jacket with the belt cinches my waist like this dress and several others in the collection.

This show is must-see for all fashionistas but hurry it ends April 8.

Athleisure

Fay_blink dressComfort with style. Sporty but chic. These are a couple of ways to describe the Athleisure trend that was big on the runways for SS 2015. The tennis dress was re-invented by many designers this season and Fay, from Italy, blinged it out for evening with white sequins. Another coveted dress is this chocolate brown leather design from Fendi. Perfect for this cool Toronto summer.

fendi_tennis dress

Been There Still There

There are some brands that have always subscribed to an athletic esthetic. L.A.M.B. always mixed athletic style with rock and roll glam. It defines the brand and really works for it. Founder Gwen Stefani lives in that look and she translated it well to the brand.

Lululemon expanded rapidly into the leisure wear market. No longer just for the yoga studio, their tops, jackets and pants have become the uniform for running errands, going shopping and casual Fridays.

Couture Tennis

Raf Simon at Dior took the tennis dress to the height of couture. If you’ve got 5 minutes, watch this video on the making of it. Clearly Raf has a talented team able to execute his vision for Dior. Thanks to Refinery 29 for telling the story.

Paper Art

I definitely wanted to do a tennis look but with a bit of an edge.tennis I also wanted to add a bag because I am a huge fanatic for handbags. Let me know how you wear Athleisure. Drop a comment here.

Photo Credits

Fay White Sequin Dress – Fay website

Fendi Leather Dress – Fendi website

Paper – Japanese paper from The Paper Store