Christian Dior Fall 2014 Couture Collection

Posted on July 07, 2014

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[Photo Credit: IMAXTree]

    • Carleenml

      I love to see embroidery. Embroidered Skylab, not so much.

      • kimmeister

        I was thinking aviation mechanic myself, but astronaut will also work.

        • myandyleigh

          I thought it was space janitor because of the hazmat gloves.

          • Kristin McNamara

            Yea, bio-weapons lab tech was where my mind went.

        • bitchybitchybitchy

          And at couture prices, no less.

        • Dorothy_on_the_yellow_brick_rd

          Dior-designed aviation mechanic coveralls or air traffic controller uniforms. Also, pictures 1-6 remind me of Humpty Dumpty silhoulette, egg-shaped dresses.

          • MoHub

            I was thinking female Gumby silhouette.

    • PastryGoddess

      Hmm, some of the sillhouettes are still plain ugly, but I think this might be a step in the right direction for Raf.
      Lets all send little wisps of faint praise to Paris, I’d hate to scare him back into Fugly

      • Thomas

        Yes, at least it’s an improvement.

    • Thomas

      The only thing I’m absolutely in love with is the coat #6 from the bottom. Other than that, it’s better than previous Dior collections from Raf, but that’s not saying much.

      • CommentsByKatie

        Totally agree. That’s a great coat but I hate almost everything else here. So sad. Dior used to ALWAYS be my favorite collection.

    • Glam Dixie

      There are some really pretty pieces in there, but the dresses that look literally like bells and the flight suits were a bit baffling.

      • KateShouldBeWorking

        The one model looked like a mechanic.

        • Glam Dixie

          All she needed was a white oval on the chest with her name in it.

    • Vtg Fashion Library

      Christian Dior hasn’t stopped spinning in his grave for over a year, and this collection isn’t helping.

      • H2olovngrl

        I see a lot of better looking pieces than what we have been seeing lately. There may even be some outfits in this collection that don’t make me feel bad for J LAW or Marion Cotillard when they are forced to wear them.

        • Imasewsure

          Oh gawd… poor Marion will be rocking that mechanics outfit for sure by mid-August but I really think J Law will start throwing things if she has to go “bell bottom” or mechanic for her Hunger Games pole dance in the fall. She knows she ain’t french…. maybe she can go back to purses? Those were pretty

      • Ebto

        When the jumpsuits are some of the best pieces, you know you’re in trouble. Ill-fitting nightgowns and oddly proportioned panniers… yipes.

        • MoHub

          Not even proper panniers. Not with the awkward place where the fullness begins.

      • MoHub

        Dior, Chanel, Lanvin, and a host of other iconic designers have all turned into whirling Dervishes at what’s walking the runways under their names.

    • homofascist

      Zipper pants in a Dior Couture collection? Anna Wintour is not pleased…

      • Vanja

        After looking at a number of the pictures I had to scroll up again, to see if the title did say Dior Couture collection. I miss the Dior designs by
        Galliano.

      • Kikishua

        There is one photo where she’s smiling (I almost fell off my chair). White dress with blue ink stain at the hip… though oddly, it doesn’t appear to be that she’s smiling at.

    • http://www.snoskred.org/ Snoskred

      SPACE JUMPSUITS WITH KITCHEN RUBBER GLOVES..

      Now I really have seen it all.. :)

      • gabbilevy

        Custodian chic.

        • bitchybitchybitchy

          Couture custodian chic, mind you.

    • kimmeister

      Seems tame compared to past collections in recent years. I do like some of the outerwear.

    • TM

      I already see JLaw in so many of these weird bell/hoop skirts for the Mocking Jay pole dance. Ughhhh.
      But I DO think there are some very very pretty pieces–and I’m digging the prints.

      (It’s pole dance, right? Did I use that correctly?)

      • KateShouldBeWorking

        Correct usage, sir or madam! You’ve earned your Bitter Kitten merit badge.

        • TM

          Ah, it’s madam–and yayyyyyyyyy! (I was so, so scared.)

      • Kristi Mitchell

        But, surprisingly, the Mocking Jay pole dance is probably the one place she COULD get away with the weird bell skirts – given eccentricity of how people in the Capital dress in the film. it would fit with the theme of the film at least.

        • marlie

          But the styling and her attitude would have to work as well.

        • TM

          I knowwww, but I’d leave that for Elizabeth Banks (and not even given District 13.) I just prefer my Katniss clean cut.
          Ugh, don’t worry JLaw–I’ve hand picked the right pieces for you already.

    • Gatto Nero

      This is a mostly pretty, if conservative, collection. The hip panniers are a surprise, but they make some of the simpler silhouettes more interesting. There are some gorgeous seaming details.
      I’ll take the long embroidered coats, please.

    • sienna elm

      couture mechanics coveralls!!

    • http://www.ellenciompi.com/ NurseEllen

      Too bad about the big blue ink spot on that one feathery white dress…..
      In other news: GLOVES!
      Some of those first few dresses have the silhouette of “extra roll of toilet paper covers” that grandmas of a certain era had in the powder room.
      Fabrics are kind of awesome. Love the tweedy looking short coat with the big collar, and the duster coats with gorgeous embroidered edges.
      Some real winners in this, much more so than in previous collections, I think.

      • myandyleigh

        Ha! I just found one of those the other day in the drawer of an old dresser that was my grandmother’s. It has a little doll head and arms sewn into a pink and white crocheted confection complete with matching crocheted hat that my grandmother made. It was actually sitting on one of those Glade deodorizer things that were popular in the sixties, but it was made to hide toilet paper. The skirt on it is shaped exactly like the first few pieces here. I have to say, it’s a much more appealing shape of skirt when hiding toilet paper than it is on real life women.

        • bitchybitchybitchy

          I remember those TP covers-must have been a grandma thing!

      • random_poster

        It totally looks like an ink spot!

      • http://Reneesance.etsy.com Reneesance

        The coats are the high point for me. Mmmm delicious embroidery, I love the 18th century menswear nods.

    • SAA

      I dont get this… or how any of those dresses go with or belong in the same collection as those zippered pants and kitchen gloves. Ugh. A few pretty details and coats cannot overcome the mess that is this collection. I do love every single shoe, though… so I guess there’s that.

    • AlexisPayne

      Better, but we’ll see how these perform off the runway….

      • http://www.bertkeeter.com Bert Keeter

        Better than what… ?

        • gabbilevy

          The horrors Dior has been foisting upon poor unsuspecting starlets for the past year.

          • AlexisPayne

            Exactly!

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            I’m wondering if Dior would stage a cage match between JLaw and Cotillard to determine who gets to wear the most flattering pieces for their next pole dance?

            • http://www.bertkeeter.com Bert Keeter

              Flattering? What srunway show did you see?

            • bitchybitchybitchy

              There are a couple of looks that could be salvaged, I think-but there is a lot of underwhelming in this collection.

            • http://www.bertkeeter.com Bert Keeter

              A sad but true comment about one of the most iconic names in FASHION! Salvaged….

            • bitchybitchybitchy

              It is sad-I remember when I first became aware of fashion that Dior was the real deal. Times, sadly, have changed

    • Shawn EH

      Unnecessary silouettes and details abound!

    • Imasewsure

      That lampshade crap has got to stop. That being said I really like the peach outfit with the orange shoes and the three coat looks starting with that fabulous pink one. The black sheath dress is fine too. The rest of that weird stuff should just go back to Marie Antoinette ’cause we don’t need bubble hip couture in this century

    • msdamselfly

      the coats are gorgeous

    • http://www.bertkeeter.com Bert Keeter

      Pointless, hideous, dreary, painful yo look at and DULL as DISHWATER! In other words….. disgracefull!

    • http://www.jaimieteekell.com/ Jaimie

      I did two scroll-downs. First to imagine how shite they’d look on Jennifer Lawrence. Second to actually look at them.

      • random_poster

        My first one was to check out Anna and Grace’s expressions.

        • DuBey2

          Yep. But, honestly, Anna always seems to have only one expression. I guess its the slightest pursing of the lips that one must look for (as in “The Devil wears Prada”)

    • smayper

      Farthingales! Queen Elizabeth I would approve. She wore a lot of embroidery, too. I do find many of the fabrics and embroidery gorgeous…but the mechanic jumpsuits??

    • Kristi Mitchell

      TOTALLY lusting after that first pink coat and the black one underneath it!

    • sleepycat

      okay, for the most part this works, but honestly Oscar dela Renta makes better gowns. a step in the right direction however.

    • bunnydiet

      Cannot believe it is Dior. The first dresses looked like they were wearing lampshades. The shoes were in their own class of ugly. Sad, sad, sad.

    • hughman

      What clothes?? The second I noticed Grace Coddington and Anna, it was all over. I had to go back and observe them in every picture. Suzy Menkes was a nice get too.

      • another_laura

        Ha! Looks like Grace is taking copious notes and paying VERY close attention.

        • EveEve

          Anna, not so much.

      • rh33

        Not to mention Suzy’s hair was a nice get.

      • makeityourself

        Over for me too. Playing “I Spy . . . ” in the front row was more enticing than looking at the clothes. Mario Testino in the blue shirt?

      • GeoDiva

        Grace did not look pleased!

      • ankali

        Grace is taking notes with extreme prejudice. She is over Raf Simone, and plans to throw a documentary-length tantrum about it. Anna’s making vague, passive-aggressive, idle suggestions for Grace to do a nice editorial of these looks. Maybe they could get Sienna for it.

      • Coleen

        Grace’s shoes were my favorite thing in the entire slideshow.

    • SuzyQuzey

      For a Fall collection, it’s quite Spring-y. I like a lot of it (that pink coat is TO DIE), except for the super-large hips on those dresses.

      And those maintenance worker cargo coveralls are a scream!

    • marlie

      Dare I say this… I like a lot of it. That pink coat with the embroidery is TO DIE FOR. I sort of love the 18th century references, including the panniers and the stay-like bodices. Of course, most of those pieces would be very editorial, and not for the runway, but I still think they’re pretty. I also like a lot of the coats. I’m still never going to be on board with jumpsuits, especially when work with dishwashing gloves.

    • frannyprof

      I’m confused… Janitor chic? Rubber gloves? Was this a PR Smart & Final unconventional materials challenge?

      • http://www.bertkeeter.com Bert Keeter

        At anywhere between $20,000 to $30,000 for a couture “grease monkey” suit!

        • frannyprof

          Bert Keeter! I’m starstruck! Seriously! Your comment just made my day!

    • Belvane

      “Oh my god, who put their blue pen down on this dress???”
      “Send it on out — this is Dior, no one will question it.”

    • Miss wks

      The “A Moment on the Lips/A Lifetime on the Hips” Collection….

    • http://gabyrippling.tumblr.com/ Gaby

      I was prepared to shout invectives, but a lot of this is quite pretty. The mechanic inspired looks are a bit of a needle scratch, but I love the pieces inspired by stays and the gorgeous textiles which, for once, weren’t totally mangled. A tentative thumbs up for the fall season (though it really looks more like a spring collection to me).

      • marlie

        I think you and I are the only ones who like this collection. I love the panniers and stays!

        • LostInThrace

          I was totally prepared to hate it, but I like much of it as well! The coats are lovely as is the delicate embroidery.

    • schadenfreudelicious

      Most of it is WTFuckery, are they smuggling hams under those first few dresses?..…that said the black dress with the white flowers is quite pretty and a few of the coats are very nice..…the shoe booties are just stupid with those dresses…

    • Tami from Seattle

      Hooves are out! I can wear trendy shoes again!

    • bitchybitchybitchy

      I want that blue double-breasted knee-length coat-truly. Some of the embroidery is really lovely, and there are actually pieces in this collection that speak to me, which, after all of Simons’ disappointing collections, might be signs of some improvement.

    • Mich

      Sorry, I cannot love any article of clothing that emphasizes my already large butt. Those first few pieces are hideous!

    • Julie Chase

      Jesus Christ.

    • BlairBear

      I love the reaction shot of the women who keeps making the no face. also people dont look that into it

    • http://phantomminuet.blogspot.com/ MinAgain

      I’m calling it now. Third one down, Julianne Moore.

    • conniemd

      A hell of a lot better than we’ve seen from Dior. I liked the pants and the sheath and pleated dresses. Some of the dresses drove me nuts because of their bubble look. They look like someone took an air pump and put it underneath all the skirts.

    • demidaemon

      At the beginning, I thought, oh, this won’t be so bad. Then cam the most hideous jumpsuits/pants of all time followed by stupid but really tricky hems.

      Needless to say, I pretty much hate it, which probably should have been a given, but I guess I was hoping it would get better, for some reason.

      • http://www.bertkeeter.com Bert Keeter

        I love that we ( felt the same) are thinking about a DIOR collection “Oh this won’t be so bad”! Says a lot!

        • demidaemon

          :)

    • Laura Livingston

      Ink on a white shag carpet? There’s a Dior design!

    • GeoDiva

      Love the pink duster coat. Otherwise I would feel sorry for Jennifer and Marion, but then I remember that they are cashing fat checks to wear this stuff. No sympathy.

    • DesertDweller79

      I guess it is better than his previous few collections in that it isn’t batshit crazy and totally ugly. There are a few pieces here that might be workable. I still don’t really understand the janitor jumpsuits as well as a few other pieces. But…. progress? Maybe?

    • http://www.dogsdotcom.blogspot.com/ Plink

      Love, love, love!!! Love it all!

    • http://www.bertkeeter.com Bert Keeter

      The whole collection has no rhyme or reason to it…zero central look. Short coats and long coats, huge ass Marie Antoinette skirts, zig zag seaming, ditzy embroidery and don’t forget the cargo pants for $20K.

    • Jacob Bowen

      Dress #2 is STUNNING! And I (not-so) secretly want the 2 bright blue booties and one pair of orange booties! They would go PERFECTLY with my Chicago Bear’s Sunday outfits!

    • MilaXX

      I mostly like this. Love the color scheme. The blinged out work release jumpsuits are FMO’s only and maybe Rhianna. The skirt & jacket sets are a bit too tricky, but the dresses in this collection are really pretty. There’s also a nice bit of coat porn at the end there.

      • ballerinawithagun

        Coat porn is lovely but the dresses look like Spring not Fall. Are those Cargo Pants again? Good thing I still have a pair at the back of the closet.

    • Garcia Loca

      I don’t get this collection at all: part Marie-Antoinette’s sycophant ladies-in-waiting, part nuclear waste clean-up crew. There’s no cohesion at all.

      • scoobynacks

        They need to let the models eat cake*…not just because it continues the Marie-Antoinette reference, but because they’re being subjected to wearing Dior. They need to be allowed to eat cake to feel a little better about it.

        *I know I know. The quote is kinda taken outta context. Cake doesn’t mean to M-A what we think it means.

    • Richard

      This is not as awkward as the last few Dior collections, but the dresses with the massive hips, and the jumpsuits are super weird.

    • http://asskickingadviser.com/ Ass Kicking Adviser

      One of each coat please and make it snappy!

    • DuBey2

      Those are the angriest looking models, as a whole, that I have seen in a runway show. Maybe it was just the white eyelids? Ah, Couture, where you can pay many thousands to then look as sour and unhappy as 90% of the Audience ALSO looked!

    • ankali

      This is the first Dior collection since Raf took the helm that hasn’t made me blind with rage. So, you know, it’s got that going for it.

      Sigh.

    • quiltrx

      Not back to gasp-worthy Diorness by any means…but definitely going the right direction. Most of the embroideries and embellishments are really lovely, and I particularly like the last 3 (big pictures) dresses.

    • http://kittysdrawings.com Esz

      Overdesigned and tricky with out of scale details. MEH

    • evave2

      Was #5 pants? It could have just been a wonky walk with a wonky shot but it sure looks like culottes to me.
      NOT EVEN THE MODELS look good in the first three looks. That is some unflattering skirting.

    • evave2

      Oh and NOW we get yellow booties. But the black dress with white flowers with them was lovely. Some of the short dresses looked ethereal. But any time they went for “drama” it was like a slap in the face.

    • http://journal.translarte.de/ Muyserin

      Rococo rocket engineers.

    • uprightcitizen

      Everything that’s not too bizarre in this collection has Fanning sister written all over it. Especially Fanning the Younger.

    • Snailstsichr

      Lots of really unattractive shoes!

    • lilibetp

      Not so sure about the panniers, but J’Adore the embroidered pink coat.

    • AndieJay

      I’m going to hope that Jennifer Lawrence’s contract with Dior is up, because I really don’t need to see too many of these ever again.

    • Tarquin

      What a stellar front row! Anna Wintour on one side, Vanessa Friedman on the other; I know which one I’d choose – VANESSA FTW!

    • http://foodycat.blogspot.co.uk/ Alicia

      So, I guess Raf has broken my spirit, because I quite like a lot of this. Far from the heyday of Dior, but infinitely better than the non-slip bathmats he sent out last season. I’m seeing the navy pant suit with the embroidery on ShellyO.

    • decormaven

      We will see that white gown with the black tree embroidery very soon. I was prepared to dislike this collection more than I did. There are some good pieces here, but as a whole, it’s underwhelming.

    • holla

      thanks for the coat porn!

    • http://angrynerdgirl.net/ Jessi03

      Poor J-Law. These aren’t all that bad, but they’re seriously not “her.”

    • MarissaLG

      I do not, under any circumstances, want to see couture cargo pants.

    • Jennifer Bober

      Wow! That’s some serious 18th century inspiration there. It works better in some looks than others. Why they went with the pannier silhouette, God only knows. I WANT that grey coat though.

    • cmb92191

      I’m sorry- the blue glove with the industrial pantsuit made me think Tim Curry and Rocky Horror *Snap*

    • sherrietee

      I read the header as “Christian Dior Fail” and thought it would be more humans trying to wear bizarre designs. I was mostly correct apparently.

    • crash1212

      Weird stuff done to beautiful textiles. Having said that…I don’t hate this. In fact, I quite like it. I know…I’m shocked!

    • KES4K

      Do you think Jennifer Lawrence was cringing throughout the show at the thought of all her terrible red carpet appearances to come? Also, of all the late-90’s/early-00’s trends to make a high-fashion return, I would not have put my money on the zip-off utility pants. Wonder if I can dig up my old pair of Union Bays?

    • ecallaw1977

      FUG, except for the navy coat.

    • Kbear

      Wow – those blue suede gloves in addition to that grey jumpsuit make the model look like she is on her way to fix a high-end bidet.

    • Corsetmaker

      First collection of his I’ve actually liked! Interesting use of the 18th century influences. I’ve been longing to see someone do a take on the heavily embroidered men’s coats and waistcoats of the period for long time… and finally :)

    • Tracy_Flick

      I love the coats. LOVE. That red one, I need.

    • http://armchairauthor.wordpress.com/ LesYeuxHiboux

      “Parisian Night-Suits with surgical gloves, darling! They’re going to be all the rage!” This man has no taste. I weep.

    • sh0egal89

      Does not feel like couture to me at all. In what world would Dior feature more pants than dresses?

      • nightsofsun

        A modern world perhaps? Seeing that most women (even the ones that can afford couture) aren’t exactly bouncing around in gowns all day anymore? Heck, a trouser is a lot more complicated to make properly than a lot of skirts are, so why shouldn’t they be luxury items as well?

        • sh0egal89

          I’m not saying pants aren’t luxurious, but when you look at the Giambattista Valli couture collection (and I know almost everyone on here is comparing Dior to Giambattista) only one pair of pants was featured. And I understand that gowns aren’t exactly casual wear, but when you’re looking at couture, you’re looking for something with glamour, not something you wear while you take out the trash. Yes, pants can be luxury items and I have no problem with them being featured, but when the collection is substantially ALL pants, I can’t help but think that Raf got lazy. And looking back on the history of Dior, the house is not known for its “pants”.

    • suzq

      The dresses are incredible. It’s interesting to see panniers again (all the rage in the early 20’s.) The prints and embroidery are exquisite. Then, the record scratched and it was “Breaking Bad Couture.” Do the Dior designers have a split personality disorder?

    • Sara Brams-Miller

      Welp…it’s better than the last few seasons . . .

    • Lex

      When did Dior become synonymous with hideous? This collection is so amateurish and clunky, right down to the awful shoes. The shapes are not flattering to the female form save the last 4 looks…which again are marred by fugly shoes! Da hell?!

    • livesarah

      Amidst all the what-the-fuckery I found quite a bit to like, for once! Marion Cotillard and JLaw just breathed a massive sigh of relief, I’ll bet.

    • http://cheekypinky.wordpress.com cheekypinky

      I am LIVING for all of the Elizabethan elements, and also? PANNIERS, BITCHES!!! WOOO!!!

      *ahem*

      I might be a little excited about those.

    • m3grrl

      Grace’s facial expressions and Anna’s body language say it all.