>>With all the nonstop gossip and all the guessing games that have surrounded Dior as of late, it can be easy to forget what the label is supposed to be about. Thank goodness there is Bill Gaytten to remind us. Today in Paris, the designer — or "acting" creative director — offered up a Fall 2012 collection that felt refined, lovely, and classic Dior. Silhouettes were ballet-inspired and flowing, colors were modern and soothing, and — perhaps most importantly — there were countless pieces that one might actually love to wear.
Miranda Kerr was spotted getting a taste of New York Fashion Week's red leather trend via a luxe Louis Vuitton doctor bag she toted in LA. Her street-chic look — tulip-print Equipment blouse, mid-rise skinnies, and black suede flats — is stylish on its own, but her cat-eye Dior shades and David Yurman cuff up the cool factor. Snag the look for day, like Miranda did, toss on a blazer and pumps for the office, or wear a leather jacket and cage sandals for a night out.
As New York Fashion Week descends upon the fashion set (and trend watchers everywhere), we're inspired to check out what's new for high-fashion kiddos this Spring. From Ralph Lauren's preppy pastels to chic ruffles at Baby Dior, label-loving moms will delight in all of the adorable designer options available this season.
>> Bill Gaytten went for pure nostalgia at Dior's Spring 2012 couture show in Paris earlier today. "All the structure of iconic Dior, thanks to lots of fittings, but all of it see-through," Gaytten explained. And so, the house's New Look silhouettes were done up in layers of ultra-femme chiffon, organza, gauze, and — for a bit of tough-edged modernity — croc-stamped leather and checks. Frocks were full-skirted and nipped at the waist, or slim-lined with artfully folded pleats, while jackets wrapped in deep, off-the-shoulder vees. "It was the complete opposite to John Galliano-fantasy. It was very wearable," commented a Vogue UK editor who was at the show.
>> Bill Gaytten kept it classic for Pre-Fall 2012. Below-the-knee pencil skirts, peplum jackets, bell-shaped tulip skirts, and round-collar capes were offered up in lovely, pared-down versions — with just a dash of drama found in liquid-like vinyl and graphic plaid.
As the new face of Dior, Mila Kunis wowed in a one-shoulder tulle-skirt Dior gown at the 2012 Golden Globes in LA. The brunette beauty chose a few Cartier accessories — diamond drop earrings and a matching cocktail ring — and what we like to think are black Jimmy Choo sandals. We finished off her award-winning style with an emerald Kate Spade clutch. Shop the look here to channel your inner Black Swan.
We thought Mila Kunis couldn't outdo herself after her amazing award season looks last year, but she's managed to prove us dead wrong. The actress and presenter wore a black chiffon dress from Christian Dior's Spring 2012 collection, and paired the gorgeous gown with Cartier jewels. Mila opted for a sleek, slicked-back do (something we've been seeing a lot of tonight, no?) and black cat-eye liner. What's your verdict on Mila's look?
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>> Mila Kunis has been named the new face of Christian Dior. The actress — who also appeared on some of the top-selling magazine covers of 2011 — will front Dior's 2012 worldwide media plan, including the Spring ad campaign. Photographed by Mikael Jansson, the campaign will debut in China on January 15, and will hit the US January 29 when it appears in The New York Times. "Mila Kunis is a very talented young actress; she embodies the true modern woman." Delphine Arnault, deputy general manager at Dior told WWD. "We are looking forward to a long relationship with her."
Kunis agrees. "I find that Dior is an incredibly grounded house. I always thought what Dior does is so sophisticated, feminine and beautiful," the actress said. "They made me feel incredibly comfortable. I can’t say it was the hardest thing to do."
Kunis joins a long list of acclaimed actresses — Natalie Portman, Charlize Theron, Marrion Cotillard — who have served as the brand's models and ambassadors. "Christian Dior designed several costumes for the movies and maintained personal relationships with such actresses as Marlene Dietrich, Rita Hayworth, Ava Gardner, Sophia Loren, Marilyn Monroe, Liz Taylor and Grace Kelly," Arnault explained. "It is thus only natural for the house of Dior to continue to develop a very specific and personal relationship with actresses."
Dior has chosen Mila Kunis as the face for its latest ad campaign featuring its iconic Miss Dior bags. "I am absolutely thrilled to be working with Dior. The brand is iconic in so many ways. It defines fashion, elegance and sophistication," said Kunis. The Spring '12 campaign, shot by Mikael Jansson, shows Kunis looking Parisian chic wearing fancy black Dior dresses paired with the newest colors and finishes from the Miss Dior handbag collection. Miss Dior bags are beautiful on their own, but Mila clutching on to one makes it just that much more covetable. Click to see two more gorgeous photos, then tell us what you think of the ads in the comments section.
If you want a chance at what may be 2012's most artistic beauty offerings, get in line for Dior's designer collaboration with German painter, sculptor, and installationist Anselm Reyle. The Berlin-based artist is known for working with bright colors and unexpected materials like neon tubing, and his violet camouflage eye shadow palette for Dior echoes his aesthetic perfectly. It's all part of a larger Dior accessories collection Reyle designed, which includes handbags and camo-print sandals. The palette ($110), along with five nail lacquers ($23) in Reyle-inspired hues, will be feted at a private party during Art Basel Miami this week. Not on the invite list? Look for the goods at Saks Fifth Avenue in January.