The story of Christian Dior

Hi guys, today we’re continuing the ‘The Story of…’ series. Last time we talked about Coco Chanel https://delaylable.com/2020/09/02/the-story-of-coco-chanel/ . Today we are talking about Christian Dior, the founder of the famous Christian Dior fashion house that I absolutely adore.

So, let’s start. Christian was born in a small village on the coast of Normandy, France. He had 4 brothers and when he was around 5 years old him and his family moved to paris, while they still went to the Normandy coast in the summers. While his family wished for him to become a diplomat, he had other ideas. He wanted to become involved in art, so he sold his fashion sketches outside his house for around 10 cents to make some money. When he left school in 1928, his father gave him money to finance a small art gallery, where he and his friend sold art by the likes of Pablo Picasso. After Christian’s mother and brother’s deaths, three years later, with the contribution of the financial problems during the Great Depression when his father lost control of the family business, the gallery closed.

Dior was employed by Robert Piguet in 1937, where he was given the opportunity to design three of Piguet’s collections. He also said ‘Robert Piguet taught me the virtues of simplicity through which true elegance must come.’ While he was working for Robert he met and worked alongside Pierre Balmain, and wa succeeded as house designer by Marc Bohan, who later became house of design for Christian Dior Paris. He left Piguet after he was called for military serice.

After Dior left the army, he started working for Lucien Lelong, in 1942, where he and Balmain where the primary designers. During WW II, Dior was designing dresses for the wifes of Nazis officers and French collaborators – in attempt to preserve the fashion industry, just like a few other fashion houses like Nina Ricci, Jean Patou and Jeanne Lanvin. Catherine, his sister, who served as a member of the French Resistance, was captured by the Gestapo and sent to Ravensbruk concentration camp, where she was kept until the liberation in May 1945. Christian Dior, later named his first fragrance Miss Dior named after heras tribute in 1947.

In 1946, Marcel Boussac, known as the richest man in France and a successful entrepreneur, invited DIor to design for a fashion house founded in 1925 called Philippe and Gaston, but he refused saying he wants to start fresh under his own name. On the 8th of October 1946, with the help of Bussac, Dior founded his fashion house. The real name of his first collection was Corolle, but the phrase New Look was coined for it by Carmel Snow, editor in chief at Harper’s Bazaar. He was a master at designing silhouettes, he is quotes as saying ” I have designed flower women”. His designes were recognized for the wasp-waisted corsets and percale, boned, bustier- style bodices that gave the women a very curvaceous form.

Initially, the women, used to shorter dresses because of the limitations of fabric during the war, protested against the fact that his designs were covering the legs. The amount of fabric used in his dresses and suits created some backlash. Coco Chanel commented on the “New Look” saying: ‘Look how ridiculous these women are, wearing clothes by a man who doesn’t know women, never had one, and dreams of being one’. During one photo shoot in a Paris market, the models were attacked by female vendors over this profligacy, but opposition stopped after wartime shortages ended. Dior’s collection “New Look” revolutionized women’s dress and reestablished Paris as center of the fashion world after World War II.

Yves Saint-Laurent, 19 at the time, became Dior’s assistant in 1955. Dior later met with Yves mother in 1957 to tell her he had chosen him to succeed him at Dior.

Christian Dior died while on holiday in Italy, on October 1957. Most reports say he died of a heart attack, but what caused it is still left to speculation.

Hope you enjoyed. Let me know who you think I should write the next post about. Have a great day,

XOXO, Delayla

The story of Coco Chanel

Hi guys, I am back after the exams and everything. Today i am starting a new series called ‘The story of…’ that will be based on the life stores of well known designers. First is one of my absolute favorites Gabrielle Chanel aka Coco Chanel. I am also aware that there is a book and a movie, but I decided to make a small biography about her and if you like it, I recommend you watch the movie, it’s really good.

Now let’s get started. Coco’s full name was Gabrielle Bonheur Chanel and she was born in France on the 19th of August 1883. After her mother died when she was 12, her father put her in an orphanage. In there she was raised by nuns, which taught her how to sew, a very important skill for her future career.

Her famous nickname ‘Coco’ came from her short career as a singer in clubs in Vichy and Moulins where her stage name was Coco. Around her 20s she met Ettienne Balsan who helped her set up small business in Paris, but later left him for one of his wealthier friends Arthur ‘Boy’ Capel. Both of them were really important and helped a lot with her first fashion venture.

When she first opened her shop, she was only selling hats. After she opened few more shops, Coco started selling clothes too. Her first taste of clothing success came from a dress she created from an old jersey on a cold day. When people asked where she got it from she offered to make one for them.

Chanel became a famous Parisian figure in the literary and artistic worlds. She designed costumes for Ballets Russes and Jean Cocteau’s play Orphee, and counted Cocteau and artist Pablo Picasso among her friends.

In 1925, Chanel introduced the now legendary Chanel suit with collarless jacket and well-fitted skirt. Coco’s designs were revolutionary for the time- borrowing elements from men’s wear and emphasizing comfort over the constraints of then popular fashions. She helped women say goodbye to the day corsets and other confining garments. Another revolutionary design by Chanel was her little black dress. She took a color once associated with mourning and showed just how chic it could be for evening wear.

Hope you enjoyed the first post from this series. Please leave a like and a comment and follow me for more interesting posts. Have a great day,

XOXO, Delayla

Dior Couture

Dior Couture

Hi guys, so, you might not know this, but I am a huge Christian Dior fan especially the couture dresses. I decided to share some beautiful Dior Couture dresses that I just love.

This one is from the spring 2020 Christian Dior couture runway show.
This beautiful dress is from the Christian Dior S/S 2017 couture runway show.
This one is from the Fall 2012 Christian Dior couture fashion show.
This one is from the Fall 2018 Christian Dior couture runway show.
I couldn’t find out from when this dress is from, it’s a vintage, but I think it’s so beautiful I couldn’t not include it.
This one is from the Spring 2017 Christian Dior couture runway show.
This one is from the Spring 2017 Christian Dior ready-to-wear runway show.

If you enjoyed, please let me know so I can make more of this kind of posts for other designers.

Have a great day,

XOXO, Delayla

Trendsetting

Trendsetting 

 This week I have been thinking, couldn’t really tell you why this popped into my head, but I was thinking about trends and trendsetting. I am not talking about the actual trends, that is for a later post. I mean the way trendsetting works.  

  First, I want you to think about it. How do you find out about the new trends? Through blogs? Instagram? Runway shows? For example, I research them in runway shows so that I can share them with you guys, but I also look on Instagram for hours at the so called ‘trendsetters’ .  

  Now, who are the trendsetters? They are influencers and people from the fashion industry, that post pictures, blog posts or magazines. Everybody follows or knows about at least one trendsetter.  

   What I am trying to get to here, is the way our generation is so easily influenced. If you are a fashion addict like me, you watch the runway shows, read Vogue etc. to hear about what’s knew. What I don’t understand is why there are so many people that choose wrong people or places to get inspired or influenced by. 

  For example, we all know, Americans have this layed back, chill way of dressing. I am not saying all of them do, I am talking about a majority. Americans prefer comfort, and there is obviously nothing wrong about that. A lot of Americans that travel to Europe are impressed by how much thought we put into our outfits and how put together we look. I, as an European, take that as a compliment. 

  What I don’t understand is why so many fashion influencers, that are supposed to set the trends, prefer to use the American way. Again, I am not saying their way is wrong, but if you work or are interested in the fashion industry, in my opinion you should look the part. If all of us started to go to meetings and parties in sweats, it would be like the fashion industry doesn’t exist. 

  My point is, that if we have so much influence over people and how they dress, why not motivate them to try and dress like ‘Europeans’. Look at the people that live in London, Paris, Milano etc.  

  I am not here to insult anyone; I am just simply speaking my mind. If we want to spread a fashion sense, why use the easier way. Anyone can wear a pair of sweatpants and a huge T-shirt, but that doesn’t make it stylish or fashionable. Don’t get me wrong, I also wear that type of clothing, but I do not consider it a stylish option. I consider it a stay at home, comfy outfit. 

   I know this post was way longer than the others, but I just had to put it out there. I know a lot of people will disagree with me, and I am okay with that, because everyone is entitled to an opinion. So please let me know what you think about this. Have a lovely day, 

                                                                                            XOXO, Delayla 

Resort 2021

Resort 2021 

  Hey guys. Today we are talking about the resort 2021 collections, that unfortunately, were held online because of the pandemic going on. I am going to show you some of the looks that I loved from a few designers. If you enjoy it, I might make a part 2.  

   Christian Dior 

 Dior is one of my personal favorite brands. The way they do the embroidery and all the attention they put in their garments is impressive and I adore it. The designer got her inspiration from the locals of a small town in Puglia. Some of my favorite looks are: 

  Burberry 

 Burberry had some difficulties in shooting the collection since COVID-19 closed most of the studios, so they took the pictures right outside their own London front doors and the looks where modeled by their employees. I think they did a great job, the suits created are stunning: 

 Versace 

 I am not a huge fan of Versace, I do like some of their designs along the years, but it’s not my first choice. I have to say though, that this collection blew me away. I love all of their looks. Accessories, garments, shoes, everything. I am utterly impressed. Here are some of the looks: 

  

Philosophy di Lorenzo Serafini 

 Lorenzo Serafini was not able to host a presentation of his collection, but he did release photos. He spent the quarantine time at the Italian Seaside. His designs are beautiful and in my opinion so chic. You can judge them yourself: 

XOXO, Delayla

Where to shop for clothing

6 awesome places to shop 

  I am going to tell you about some really cool shops. Most of my clothes are from these shops,so that’s where I got my inspiration from. I am also going to try to leave links for them. 

    1. Pull and Bear. This shop is so great, it has all types of styles and their jeans are superb. 

www.pullandbear.com  

    2. Zara. Zara has very trendy and good quality clothes. I usually buy all my basics from there. 

www.zara.com  

    3. Asos. This is an online shop and it has a little bit of everything. You can find shies, bags and obviously clothes. 

www.asos.com  

    4.Boohoo. Also an online store, It is really cheap and it has so many cute and trendy things. 

www.boohoo.com  

    5.  Liu jo. More expensive than the others, but it has a lot of really good quality things. 

www.liujo.com  

    6. H&M. I buy mostly accessories from here, but they also have great basics. 

http://www.hm.com  

    Hopefully this was helpful. Have an awesome day! 

                                                XOXO, Delayla 

Kurt Geiger

Kurt Geiger

Kurt Geiger 

Hii guys! So, as I mentioned in my last post, I am doing lesser known designers posts, so that you get to discover knew things that you might actually enjoy. 

Today we are talking about Kurt Geiger, an English brand that I discovered while I was searching for my knew purchase. He has some absolutely stunning bags and shoes that are certainly on my wishlist. I will put some of the links below so you can also check them out. 

Kurt Geiger was founded in 1963 and was named after its Austrian founder. He opened his first ever store in London and it has been based there ever since. The recent creative director is called Rebecca Farrar-Hockley. You can find it in department stores such as Harrods and Selfridges, but also online at www.kurtgeiger.com . 

Hope you have a beautiful day, and let me know what you think about this week’s designer. 

                                                              XOXO, Delayla 

5 styling tips everyone should know

5 styling tips everyone should know

5 styling tips everyone should know 

Hi guys, we are going to talk about some styling tips for a more put together/fashionable outfit.

 1. If you want to wear a baggy shirt make sure you wear either skinny jeans, leggings or shorts, and vice versa, baggy pants with a tight shirt, tank top or T-shirt. Don’t wear both baggy shirts and baggy pants.  

2. Try to match your bag to your shoes or belt, rather than to your clothes. It looks much cleaner and put together. 

3. If you want to go for a monochromatic look, try to match different shades of that colors, not the same color in the same shade. Trust me, it’s gonna look way better. (this doesn’t apply if you want to do an all whit or all black outfit) 

4. Try combining opposite colors like orange and purple or pink and blue etc. 

5. For a more stylish look, style a neutral outfit with some colorful accessories. 

Hope this helped, if you know any other tips leave them in the comment section. Have a beautiful day. 

                                                              XOXO,Delayla 

Monthly Faves

Monthly Faves

Monthly Faves 

     I am going to start doing monthly favorites. There are going to be 5 categories: clothes; shoes; bags; jewelry and brands. I am also going to try and keep up a posting schedule where I will be posting twice a week. Now let’s get to business. 

    1. Clothes- This month I have been obsessed with huge T-shirts, I have a few from the men collection, but I wear them almost everyday. There are so many ways to style them, it’s impressing. 

    2. Shoes- Heels have been on my wish list this month. I have heels, don’t get me wrong, but I want a pair that I can wear to parties and stuff. I saw some really pretty ones on Asos. 

    3. Bags- Since I discovered Kurt Geiger (I will have a post about him go up soon, so keep an eye on that) I am really into small bags. Not like those really, really small Jacquemus bags. Reasonable, phone fitting small bags.  

    4. Jewelry- Gold jewelry is what I have been wearing all month. I think it’s stunning and it makes you look more put together. But don’t use a lot of it cause then it will look cheap. It has to be jus the right amount of jewelry. 

    5. Brands- As you can probably tell by my last posts, I fell in love with The Kooples, a French brand. If you wanna know 20more about it, check my other post. 

  That was all for today, hope you are having a great day. 

                                                                                 XOXO,Delayla 

Charles & Keith

Charles & Keith

Today, in the lesser known designer series, we have Charles&Keith. I stumbled upon them on my explore page on instagram and I was very intrigued by their designs. This brand has a lot of trendy accessories and footwear. They also have really accessible prices. In the beginning I fell in love with their bags, but after I discovered the shoes and other accessories, I realized everything they sell is absolutely beautiful. 

Now, let’s talk about its past. Charles&Keith is a Singaporean brand, also based in Singapore. It was launched in 1996 by the Wong brothers, Charles and Keith. They used to work in their parents’ shoe shop, called ‘Ang Mo Kio’. Charles is the Founder, while Keith is Founder and Chief Executive. Teir executive director is Fong Shee Beng. 

You can find them online here: www.charleskeith.com  

Let me know what you think in the comment section and have a great day. 

                                                                     XOXO, Delayla