Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Christian Dior Pays Tribute To An Icon

The Christian Dior Fall/Winter 2008 show has been an extravaganza; bloggers have noted the inordinate number of A-list actresses that have flocked to the Paris show. This is truly the brand of the jet-setting elite; the secret weapon of wannabe fashion icons.

Second only in importance to the clothes themselves is the makeup. Were you wondering about the inspiration for this year's beautifully severe looks? That epic eyebrow arch and painted cat's eye may look like the stuff of fantasies, but Dior didn't just pluck them out of the air. They're inspired by Lisa Fonssagrives, iconic Swedish-born model and wife of legendary photographer Irving Penn.

It's not a reference everyone will get, but it's a testament to Dior's unfailingly chic extravagance and the broad sweep of this designer's style 'vocabulary'. Long live CD.

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