Dior is Having a Moment

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Two stellar collections stand out.

With his most recent Cruise collection, Christian Dior head artistic director Raf Simons officially found his groove—accentuated by the red-carpet support of starlets like Marion Cotillard and Jennifer Lawrence—marking the beginning of a new era for Dior. Yet his aesthetic undeniably speaks to his founder’s legacy (witness his use of the lush beauty of gardens, for example). Longtime artistic director of Dior fine jewelry Victoire de Castellane exhibits a similar process. Her latest high-jewelry collection, Cher Dior—which debuted 21 new designs in July alongside Simons’s couture collection—is a love letter to Dior, who, in 1956, said, “Color is what gives jewels their worth. They light up and enhance the face.” In turn, de Castellane used multicolored sapphires, emeralds, rubies, Paraiba tourmalines and demantoid garnets to painterly effect. So while Simons and de Castellane may not work together directly, starting with the past means there’s a synergy that will boldly take the house of Dior into the future.