Christian Dior Fall 2013 Collection

Posted on March 08, 2013

The Persistence of Memory” was the show’s title, which provided a launching point to showcase a collection dripping with surrealist influences and whimsically embellished with Warhol illustrations. The Dior DNA is still strongly present in the feel and the shape of the collection, but there’s a delicacy, combined with a sense of the odd, that elevates this up past merely being variations on a theme.  Let it serve as your Pretty of the Day, darlings. It was certainly ours.




[Photo Credit: Getty]

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  • Annabelle Archer

    When I think ‘Fashion!’ Dior is what immediately comes to mind.  This does not disappoint that notion. 

  • I love the references to the New Look.

    • Sobaika

      Quintessentially Dior while maintaining freshness and modernity.

      • Yes — third row, last coat is a good example of what you’re talking about.

        • ankali

          That coat is gorgeous. The coat dress in the same row is also beautiful and quintessential Dior.

        •  I’d sell my soul and all of my organs for that coat.

          • There’s a flaw in your plan, but I can’t quite put my finger on it…

        •  MMmm 3rd row left.

  • NYCGlamourpuss

    Dear lord, that is stunning, from top to bottom!  Thank you for our Pretty for the Day, TLo – you truly spoil us!

  • StellaZafella

    I like what I like and I don’t what I don’t….but I like all of this for one reason or another.
    However: I REALLY like the tailored but loose suits and coats…yummy!

  • conniemd

    Love, even though it’s mostly black and white. But such interesting looks.

  • Trisha26

    Gorgeous! Love that many have an Asian woodblock/silk painting feel.

  • rene_trevino

    It’s Elsa Schiaparelli realness!

    • Pants_are_a_must

      No offense, but I think Schiaparelli eats this collection for breakfast, even from the grave.

  • kimmeister

    2nd row, first look = LOVE.  Hope to see it on Marion Cotillard soon!

    • That’s my favorite look in the collection.

    • Wendy Dietzler

       I was thinking Tilda Swinton. It’s a stunner.

  • I love it!

  • eandh99

    Odd I’ve now seen 3 different sets of photos from this show, all slightly different — fuggirls for example don’t have that fabulous red coat which is probably my favourite piece, TLo don’t have the black coat with the white ruffle facing. Is there one place to see the whole collection?

    • boweryboy

      Try to view collections from a huge directory of designers.

      The direct link to the show is here:

      • eandh99

        Thank you — look 30 is the coat I meant

        •  Oh, that coat is LOVELY.  I’m no fan of the faces and shoes printed on–a sparkly shoe silkscreen kind of screams “Cherry Hill Mall” to me–but this is otherwise a collection I could be inspired by.  Ordinary women with ordinary jobs could wear elements of these.  And I’d just wear that red coat to the grocery store.  And look fabulous.  Also, I”m happy to see those shoes again.  How I loved them in the 80s…

  • Red coat and all shoes (especially the houndstooth pair), COME TO MAMA!  Definitely the pretty of the day. 

  • butterflysunita

    I love this collection.

    • Clueless_Jock

      It’s so classy. And witty.

  • I love the silhouettes but the surreal fabric painting looks applied at the last minute and the Warhol references just don’t jibe with the rest of the collection. A lot to like however.

  • libraangel

    Love most (except for those damn shoe or flower motifs cropping up lately!), but is it Dali or Warhol you are doing, darlings?

    • filmcricket

      Yeah, really only Row 4, far left, and the same motif repeated Row 6, middle, say ‘Warhol’ to me.

    • curiouserandcuriousest

       I take your point. It’s odd to use the name of a famous piece by Dali to title your collection, and then reference Warhol instead throughout. Not loving this collection – I find the U-shaped bodices awkward, in particular.

  • Introspective

    some looks veer toward the too fussy (like the bottom left one) but this whole collection is lovely. chic, retro and ready for editorials. Love.

  • gabbilevy

    I’m having a visceral reaction to a lot of this, in a good way. SO gorgeous. And I covet the coloring of that first model. I would kill for her gorgeous hair color.

  • rainwood1

    I read the title as “The Persistence of Money” and was going to give Dior credit for truth in advertising then saw that I read it wrong.  Pretty though.

  • GorgeousThings

    LOVE the houndstooth interpretations. If I win the lottery, I am so buying some of these. Of course, that means I actually need to PLAY the lottery, so, well, I’ll just admire them.

  • MilaXX

    The silk screen or applique pieces are interesting.  I wonder who besides Solange and maybe Tilda could wear them.

  • filmcricket

    Hmm. Outside of the coats I’m not wild about much of this, but I do love a good houndstooth…

  • Some of it is amazing, but it looks like someone mashed up the Dior Fall 2013 collection with the Dior Resort collection.  And I can’t say I like that overworked peplum in the middle of the B/W row.  It looks like the skirt is having an allegic reaction to the bodice.

    • Yes. Glad I’m not the only one who doesn’t like that peplum. Reminds me of something from PR that would have gotten the designer a verbal smackdown.

  • Pants_are_a_must

    I. Hate. Warhol. I freely admit it. Apart from his stuff smeared all over, it’s a lovely collection, though only a few outfits truly shine, in my opinion.

  • Belvane

    That first coat in the third row is divine, and timeless. It would have been chic sixty years ago, and it will be chic sixty years from now. 

  • sk8tfan

    Fourth row, left, looks alarmingly like Patricia and Samantha’s prom dress. Did Dior get an early peek? All kidding aside, j’adore the coats, especially.

  • ankali

    I’m not digging the images of shoes and faces, but dear sweet Jesus do I love the shit out of the rest of this collection. There’s my Dior!

  • Pretty, but a little disappointing. 

  • quiltrx

    Those houndstooth shoes need to come live at my house.

    Not my favorite Dior collection ever, but it’s still pretty darned great.

  • Kyle Crawford

    Am I going to get points off my card for really really NOT liking this collection ?

    • I don’t like it  either

    • charlotte

       I only like the second to last row.

  • fungstyle

    I would cut a bitch for that coat with the white collar (3rd row, furthest to the right)

  • bertkeeter

    Clean, sleek, romantic and modern…..thank GOD! 

  • The coats! I need all of the coats! (and I live in Florida. I don’t even know when I’d wear them – but I still need them)

  • the coats are to die for.

  • RenoMagic29

    Some pretty pieces, but New Look references seem like an afterthought (literally stuck on, except for 4th row 1st dress)…More crazy color registrations and meltiness please!

  • I feel underwhelmed by a few pieces. 4th row, left seems too, dare I say it, short? It really doesn’t fit in there. Same with 8th row, right side – I cannot get behind the coloured boob halo. Or any boob halo for that matter. Call me old fashioned.

  • Yuval Dinoor

    I call the whole third row… Amazing. This is so beautiful.

  • Monday1900

    Far left second row is my favorite but there’s alot here to like. 

  • TSkot

    Beautiful silhouettes.  Unfortunate prints. 

  • marilyn

    Classic.  Timeless.

  • guest2visits

    Gorgeous clothes to aspire to – love the first 5 lines. Amazingly beautiful, feminine fit suits.

  • Lovely.  I’d love to be the chic girl who inspired this collection, instead of the tomboy sitting in a tree.

  • Gah, the embellishments are so cheesy, like a tshirt your auntie bought you at MOMA.  Horrible.

  • I could have done without the two dresses with the crocheted pieces overlaying them. The pink crochet skirt overlay especially reminded me of something that my blind grandmother would have knocked up for one of us grandchildren in her dotage when she had to give up cooking when her sense of smell had gone and food poisoning became a real possibility. So we settled for being fashion poisoned. That pink overlay is perfect example. *Shiver*. The rest of the collection is wonderful. 🙂

  • PeaceBang

    Oh yes, yes, yes. A few blergh pieces (I hate the nonsense going on on the dresses in the first row) but when you’re talking that houndstooth bodice with the black and grey skirt, and the coats in the second row, and those gorgeous little capelet tops with the bows… yes. I might even be able to forgive the horrid little dress with the tacky shoe design and the sheer skirt.

  • JosephLamour

    So lovely.

  • formerlyAnon

    Very mixed bag. But even the ones I am not enamored of have that whiff of “Parisian chic.”

  • EEKstl

    I love this so much.

  • MarissaLG

    What I love most about Dior is that it always looks like Dior.

  • PeggyOC

    Black lapel coat, please come be in my life.

  • This is awful.  When I think of Dior, I think of Galliano.  Maybe it’s my age, but this seems like a lazy approach to Dior.  Too approachable and unoriginal to be considered capital F FASHION! I mean that black dress with the high heel sticker on it? I could make that in an hour.

  • anotherkate

    This is so beautiful. I want every coat, and I LOVE the houndstooth! The shoes with the angled ankle strap are really pretty, too, especially juxtaposed against those asymmetrically draped skirts.