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Dior is bringing back its “Art ’N Dior” exhibition to China, with a second edition that features not only reinterpretations of its iconic Lady Dior handbag by leading contemporary artists, but additionally a room dedicated to the home’s signature Medallion chair.

After a primary edition in 2021 staged in Shenzhen and Shanghai, the exhibit is returning to Shanghai’s West Bund Art Center this 12 months. The exhibition runs from from 10-15 November.

The show will include a bit dedicated to the roving exhibition “Lady Dior as Seen By,” featuring pieces by several Chinese artists, akin to Yang Mian, Zhang Ruyi and the duo of Liu Wa and Yang Bao, along with international artists Oh You-Kyeong, Youssef Nabil and Camilla Akrans.

It would also preview pieces from the seventh edition of the Dior Lady Art project ahead of its global launch on 5 January, 2023.

This includes space-inspired designs by Chinese artist Wang Yuyang, which can be displayed alongside a few of his best-known art works, akin to his painting “The Moon 20190810” and his “Artificial Moon” sculpture made with 10,000 energy-saving lightbulbs and fluorescent tubes.

The French fashion house said the art show was rooted within the history of founder Christian Dior, who was a gallery owner before becoming a couturier. It’s expanding the exhibition to incorporate a bit on the Louis XVI-style chair that has been a logo of Dior because the house was founded in 1947.

In 2021, the home commissioned greater than a dozen artists and designers, including Chinese architect Ma Yansong, to put their spin on the furniture classic. His work, named Meteor, is fabricated from 3D-printed monochrome polyurethane and simulates the looks of the chair in motion.

Introducing an entirely new approach to wellness to the region, Technogym has opened a dedicated Experience Centre on Jumeirah Beach Road. Set to revolutionize a personal fitness journey, the 1000sqm space showcases the very best of Technogym’s offering across several storeys, allowing clients to discover new and innovative fitness products, collaborations and collections, with the ability to try-before-you-buy, and with experienced trainers on hand to educate you on the equipment.

For those looking to fully invest, there are in-house interior designers who can walk you through creating the home gym of your dreams, recommending the most stylish Technogym products to suit individual tastes, from the super chic Personal Line designed by Antonio Citterio, to the compact Myrun collection created for those with limited space. A must-visit for fitness – even fashion – fanatics.

The Dior Vibe bag launches today as a fitting nod to sports luxe. Envisioned by Creative Director Maria Grazia Chiuri and unveiled at the Maison’s Cruise 2022 show in Athens last year, the bowling-bag-style weekender presents a balance between tradition with its classic leather elements and free-spiritedness that’s characteristic of Maria’s vision.

Dior Vibe Bag savoir faire ©Andrea Cenetiempo

The Dior Vibe bag is sister to the avowedly favorite Dior Vibe sneakers, as its bottom is made entirely out of rubber, bringing together sportswear codes and the couture spirit of the House. Among the centerpieces of the collection is the Bowling Bag in smooth calfskin that’s bedecked with the ‘Christian Dior Paris’ signature, with its underside featuring a tonal sculpted rubber star motif inspired by the sneakers.

Dior Vibe Bag savoir faire ©Andrea Cenetiempo

The star motif was considered as a good-luck charm by Monsieur Dior. “Dior Vibe is an entire universe; it’s not just related to the bags. It’s a transversal aspect of all the lines created by Maria Grazia. So, it’s more like a lifestyle, an energy, Dior Vibe. It’s a vibration, or a shock,” is said in the video showcasing the savoir-faire behind the Dior Vibe Bowling Bag.

Functional and fabulous, the street-chic Dior Vibe bag line also features hidden pockets and practical shoulder straps. The Bowling Bag style is available in color combinations like black and white, blue and white, white and gold, and white and gold with stars. The Hobo edition in Cannage lambskin delights in shades such as pink, orange, white and black, featuring a suede interior and an adjustable shoulder strap with a military-inspired buckle, so you can carry it by hand, or wear it as a crossbody for a sportier look.

Dior Vibe Hobo Bag in white, orange and pink 

Its craftsmanship is marked by elements like the ‘Christian Dior’ signature stripe, lined with a layer of leather and foam, which is produced using high-frequency printing. Each piece is assembled and sewn together one by one and is cut out with the aid of wooden patterns. The rubber base with the star is shaped and then punctuated with gilded feet – a joyful coming together of the casual spirit and art of detail that are at the core of the Maison.

Dior Vibe Bowling Bag in blue and white, white and gold with stars, and black and white

The rubber zipper, especially on the exterior pocket, is attuned to the graphic lines of the bag and blends elegance with practicality. The lining has been added to the interior using the reverse appliqué quilting technique and each side is delicately structured for a singular look, showcasing the mellifluous blend of sport and Dior’s aesthetic vocabulary.

Dior Vibe Bag savoir faire ©Andrea Cenetiempo

The Dior Vibe bag is available in stores across the UAE. Dior.com


Images courtesy of Dior; Savoir-faire images ©Andrea Cenetiempo

The Dior Chez Moi line, envisioned by Maria Grazia Chiuri, offers a lesson in the art of gentle living. The home-wear collection features new pieces that are adorned with toile de Jouy and Dior Oblique motifs. At once comfortable and chic, the pieces can be worn both during the day and at night, as they celebrate movement and joie de vivre. Among the highlights are the scarves, which are the perfect touch to the matching separates. Discover the collection through the lens of Laura Sciacovelli.


Images courtesy of Dior

From evil-eye amulets to four-leaf clovers, talismans have been a source of strength, protection, and good luck for thousands of years. Lucky charms are also nostalgic reminders of our childhoods, abundant with fictional heroes on brave conquests trying to salvage amulets with mystical powers. Over time, jewellery designers at luxury brands have successfully weaved house signatures and key motifs into everyday jewellery items, giving them a lucky charm-like quality. However, few houses can lay claim to a history as rich as that of Dior whose archival references are steeped in Monsieur Dior’s notoriously superstitious tendencies. This storied legacy provides the perfect inspiration for Dior Joaillerie creative director Victoire de Castellane’s latest Rose des Vents fine jewellery line. “Creating is about searching, turning things over, and then finding one’s cardinal point and setting off on a journey. Creation is the product of a stationary voyage.”, explains Victoire. One only needs to scroll through her Instagram account to appreciate her unusual creative process, which often starts with her naively charming felt tip drawings, depicting her in imaginary continual dialogue with Monsieur Dior.

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Her latest collection, which was fuelled by her inspirations and illustrations, saw the artisan jeweller physically creating the jewellery. Hand cutting the designs from malleable green resin, she then employed an age-old lost wax technique, ultimately replacing the wax with gold and reworking it to redefine the jewel’s details. A neat encapsulation of multiple historical references, Rose des Vents is a juxtaposition of our youthful fascination with lucky charms and the Maison’s signature symbol for good fortune, the eight-pointed star – a culmination of Monsieur Dior’s lucky number, eight, and his star shaped lucky charm. Dior was first introduced to the star symbol in mosaic form as a young boy at the bottom of the swimming pool at his childhood seaside home in Granville. Roses that filled the gardens in the same home went on to become an enduring symbol for the house of Dior. Years later it was the chance finding of a star on the streets of Paris that cemented his fascination with the symbol, leading him to have it on his person at all times and eventually to the founding of the eponymous fashion house. The iconic Rose des Vents collection has now been enriched with new pieces.

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In a campaign fronted by the perfectly cast and ever-betwitching Cara Delevingne, Victoire has artistically layered history and relevance into the relatively tiny spaces of her jewels. As she reminds us, “What is more allegorical than a medallion? Behind the idea of travel, specific to the wind rose, whose pattern appeared on the floor in the villa at Granville, we can discover not only Christian Dior’s star and the notion of a lucky charm, but also the rose, his favorite flower. All of Dior’s history is implicitly here.” Paying homage to Monsieur Dior’s passion for divinatory art she has re-interpreted the emblematic Dior gold and diamond star appearing in the design of the wind rose. Bracelets and necklaces in yellow or rose gold are set with diamonds, while white gold medallions are delicately pavéd. Different variations of necklaces, set with mother-of-pearl or coloured stones, also make an appearance, embellishing the eight-pointed lucky star. Intended to be part of your everyday jewellery collection, the pieces are available in a myriad of hues which run the gamut from lapiz lazuli to vibrant malachite, pink opal, and beyond, manifesting as emblems of modernity in a world looking for meaning.

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Discover the secrets behind the making of the Rose des Vents collection, in the private world of the jewellery ateliers.

Dior’s latest high jewelry collection ‘Tie & DIOR’ is just what you need to see to brighten up your day. Designed by Victoire de Castellane, the creative director of Dior Fine Jewelry, the collection brings together a myriad of precious gems, inspired by the artisanal textile dyeing technique, tie-dye.

The collection comprises of 100 pieces, including necklaces, bracelets, double rings and asymmetrical earrings, bedecked with gemstones, diamonds and pearls. It’s “a game of movements with vivid contrasting colors, punctuated by diamonds,” Victoire described the pieces in a release.

“The main images that came to my mind were ink stains spreading on a blotter and entering the paper. I thought it would be rather amusing to connect it to couture and fabrics,” she added.

The highlights of the collection are the rare Tahitian and Australian pearls called the ‘Venus Tears’. They have been dyed in rare hues like candy pink, pistachio green and sunny yellow and paired with diamonds. Interestingly, this is the first time that Victoire has used pearls in her 20-year journey at Dior.

The Tie & DIOR collection’s campaign was revealed in Shanghai during a private dinner, where the jewels were worn by 16 models in long, ethereal silk dresses made by Maria Grazia Chiuri exclusively for the event. 

Explore the collection here.


Images courtesy of Dior

Meet Dior Bobby, the sensational new drop that has been launched as a part of Maria Grazia Chiuri‘s Fall 2020 collection for the French Maison. The new bag exudes timeless modernity and is a subtle tribute to Christian Dior’s beloved dog, whoe name christened numerous looks across the brand’s collections. “In each collection, there was a suit that was expected to be a success was called Bobby,” the founding couturier referenced the name in his memoirs.

With a sleek strap, a delicate buckle and the initials ‘CD’ decorating it, this hobo-style bag comes in three sizes and four colors, namely black, cream, camel and blue Dior Oblique canvas, so you can take your pick. Its delicate curves are complemented by matching straps, which are available in leather or Dior Oblique canvas for you to relish its couture flair. We can’t wait to meet Bobby, can you?


Dior Bobby bag is now available in boutiques worldwide. Visit Dior.com/bobby for more information; Cover image courtesy of Dior

The COVID-19 pandemic has made the luxury fashion industry rethink its practices. But even in these challenging times, the show must go on. On 6 July, Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week launched its first-ever digital show that offered virtual front-row access to tastemakers and enthusiasts across the world, from the comfort of their homes. 

On the first day, the highlights included presentations by Dior and Ralph & Russo, each filled a distinct couture vocabulary. While Dior gave a nod to its rich past and married art and fashion by revisiting Greek mythology, Ralph & Russo looked towards the digitally-charged future with an avatar named Hauli, immersed in visuals of seven contemporary wonders of the world.

Titled, Le Mythe Dior presented an exquisite display of miniature couture, giving a nod to the Théâtre de la Mode touring exhibition (1945-46) that featured nearly 200 dolls. An enchanting world ensued, with creative director Maria Grazia Chiuri’s vision of “mystery and magic” brought to life by Italian filmmaker Matteo Garrone. 

The designs took inspiration from the red tones of coral reef and the shimmer of the ocean. “The concept of film, as a work of art and an artistic medium, has always captivated me; I have often thought of experimenting with it in order to reproduce the unique atmosphere of haute couture. Cinema is an art that is both creative and artisanal, a work of authorship and a chorale. It’s very similar to fashion’s savoir-faire,” Maria explained in a statement. Dior recreated their entire line of the A/W 20-21 collection in miniature form- in just a third of its original size. This art of a film does not just narrate a fairytale but evokes emotions of enchantment and surrealism.

Ralph & Russo’s A-W 2020/2021 collection reflects on the far-reaching beauty of our natural world and the digitally-charged future. Envisioned by creative director Tamara Ralph, the collection is infused with wonder and allows you to take refuge in the realm of fantasy and dreams.

The inspiration for the collection comes from floral patterns and nature itself, eventually digitized into alluring designs under lockdown, with all the creatives for the project working remotely to bring the creations to life. The resulting designs feature vibrant tones, from yellow-gold to sky blue, lavender to fuchsia pink.

This season is extra special with the introduction of Hauli- the brand’s digital avatar and muse. The name means strength and power in traditional Swahili, and is a reflection of womankind; the beautiful and inspiring women bringing “courage and positive change in all corners of the world“.

The collection is brought to life with Hauli clad in couture as she appears against the backdrop of the seven wonders of the world. These unique and awe-spiring locations were chosen in an attempt to delve into the cultures of different countries and what makes them unique.  

Tamara Ralph and her team have put together a brilliant collection and the resulting digital show was remarkable, both in execution and evoking a positive message. 


Cover image courtesy: @ralphandrusso

Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Lawrence is the face of Dior’s Fall 2020 collection and it’s akin to Parisian paradise. The campaign has been lensed by Brigitte Niedermair and summons up the French Maison’s signature refinement and grace.

Part of the stunning visuals is the iconic Lady Dior Ultra-Matte and Dior Bobby bags, along with the brand’s previous releases. The timeless wardrobe collection celebrates creative director Maria Grazia Churi’s vision of vintage elegance. At once minimalist and majestic, the series celebrates the quintessence of the Dior style.

Think about crisp, monochromatic silhouettes, reflecting the concept of a timeless wardrobe that comprises essentials, whilst giving a nod to Dior’s architectural approach to clothes. Styled by Isabelle Kountoure, with hair by Jenny Cho and makeup by Peter Philips, the dreamy campaign evokes a sense of dreamy allure that Dior always delivers.


Images courtesy of Dior; Photography by Brigitte Niedermair 

The lady Dior handbag, which is a symbol of the French couture house’s signature codes, is back with the fourth edition of the Lady Dior Art. The iconic handbag which has made its way to the closet of just about every celebrity, shot to fame after Princess Diana was spotted carrying it back in 1995. Princess Diana’s loyalty to the handbag ensured a long shelf life for the style which is now considered an icon.

Eleven artists from all over the globe worked on giving this timeless icon a unique makeover each with their own inspirations and innovations. Featuring the personal style of the artists, as well as a melange of art and technology, The Lady Dior has been reinvented as a literal piece of art that you can now shop exclusively in Dior’s Dubai Mall Boutique.

The talented artists bringing their own imaginations to life with Dior include Joana Vasconcelos, Rina Banerjee, Wang Guangle, Marguerite Humeau, Jia Lee, Maria Nepomuceno, Mickalene Thomas, Kohei Nawa, Eduardo Terrazas, Raqib Shaw and Athi-Patra Ruga.

Staying true to their vision and expertise as well as the codes of the house of Dior, these artists have brought to life something individualistic and modern.


Cover Image Credits: @marguerite_humeau