When it comes to store takeovers Harrods has the competition beat, last year they allowed Dior to move onto the fourth floor of its Knightsbridge department store, the year before that it was Chanel, and this month is Pradasphere, dedicated to the diverse passions of Miuccia Prada and her amazing Prada collections.
This week I finally got the chance to head on over to Harrods to check out the fabulous ‘So Dior’ experience, an exhibition honouring Christian Dior through the ages and it is amazing.
The pop-up exhibit on the Fourth Floor displays everything from Haute Couture to its impressive fragrances, I particularly loved the Charlize Theron J’adore display, as well as illustrations drawn by Monsieur Dior, a section dedicated to its iconic Lady Dior handbag complete with a giant Lady Dior display and piccies of the late Princess Diana, and of course you can’t have a Dior exhibit without displaying the gorgeous gowns as worn by the fashion houses’ celebrity fans – you can get up-close to Dior dresses as worn by Jennifer Lawrence, Audrey Hepburn and Marion Cotillard.
It really is a breathtaking, informative, and beautifully laid out free exhibition, that was so good to be honest I would have paid to go around. I know there has been a lot of images of the exhibition out there, and I don’t want to bore you, but there was one particular section that I know Barbie fans would love to see and that is the miniature Dior Fashion Theatre.
If ever there was a section that seems to have been made for Barbie herself it was this one, as the Fashion Theatre features more than 40 of Dior Haute Couture’s most symbolic silhouettes recreated in miniature form to tell the history of the Couture House on Avenue Montaigne.
There are scaled-down creations from everything from the iconic Bar suit created in 1947 to Jennifer Lawrence‘s Golden Globe gown as designed by Raf Simons from the autumn/winter 2012 collection.
I was simply in awe looking at these creations, they may be miniature but they are no doubt any less detailed that the originals – everything from the iconic Dior bow to the bustier detailing and the exaggerating draping to the tiny belts nipping in the Barbie-sized waists, this display was exquisite to see.
I have a Christian Dior Barbie in my collection and would love to see this animal printed halterneck gown below with the tulip hem released as a Barbie Collector Doll – seriously how amazing would that be.
There was even a doll-sized façade of 30 Avenue Montaigne, the fashion house’s Couture headquarters featuring Dior silhouettes lit up in the windows, and inside were miniature chandeliers perfume bottles and tiny chairs – now that is the doll-house for me!!!
I will be posting more pictures from the exhibition on my Facebook page so don’t forget to head on over there – but if you get chance I would most certainly recommend it – for a free exhibition this is incredibly done and don’t forget to walk the windows – they are simply divine.
The ‘So Dior’ exhibition at Harrods runs until April 14.
[All pictures taken by me, Fashionista Barbie please do not use without crediting]
Fashion week always brings a lot of collaborations and one of my favourites from London Fashion Week autumn/winter 2012 had to be Bracher Emden for Bora Aksu. Regular readers will already know I am a big fan of Bora Aksu, the incredible detailing, the story telling, and the army of models that always finishes his show it is one of my highlights, this year’s collection was made even better with the addition of the gorgeous Bracher Emden bags.
Bracher Emden is well known for creating futuristic-yet-feminine styles and the collaboration features two styles an elegant tote and a gorgeous leather clutch, featuring Bora Aksu’s signature organic swirl in a heart motif. Seriously dreamy and considering they are straight from the catwalk they aren’t priced badly either – £365 for the heart clutch and £565 for the tote.
Both styles will be exclusive to Harrods and will feature in the New Designers Accessory Space on the Lower Ground Floor from August 31 and will be available in seven colours – Aubergine, Butter Yellow, Pale Grey, Taupe, Ink Black, Forest Green and Coral Red. I have a feeling these beauties will be sell outs – so if you loved them at fashion week get in there quick!!!
Which one is your favourite – the heart clutch or the tote?
I love how much glamour goes into opening Harrods sales, in the past we’ve had Florence Welch and Gemma Arterton, as well as Mischa Barton, Lily Allen and Eva Longoria, for this year’s summer sale the Knightsbridge store had model Lily Donaldson do the honours.
Arriving on a horse-drawn carriage, I told you Harrods go all out, Lily who has fronted campaigns for Burberry and Gucci looked stunning in a one-shoulder black and white Lanvin dress adorned with crystal embellishments from the label’s spring/summer 2012 collection, which was of course a sale item, teamed with jewellery by Boodles.
This dress is gorgeous, I love the monochrome, I adore the crystal embellishment detailing, but what I would have preferred if this was sleeveless or sleeved both sides, that bold shoulder makes it a little off-balanced for me.
The Harrods summer sale runs until July 8, in-store and online.
I had a quick peek at the handbags on offer and if anyone wants to buy me this gorgeous pink Lanvin Mini Happy shoulder bag, was £875 now only £429 – I would be forever grateful!!!