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Here’s What Couture Boobs Look Like and Other Mysteries Explained at Today’s Dior Show

Today, Raf Simons showed his seventh collection for Christian Dior as part of Paris Fall 2013 Haute Couture fashion week. Featuring a racially diverse runway for the first time since the designer took the reigns at the famed French fashion house, runway projections by Terry Richardson (and others), and even some cleavage-related controversy — publicity circus is a polite way of putting it. 

1. Future Vogue cover girl and recent Acadamy Award winner Jennifer Lawrence still wearing Dior like it's going out of style.  

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Image: WENN.com

The Miss Dior spokesmodel and perennial Dior red carpet-wearer attended the label's haute couture presentation on the same day that WWD broke the news that the Oscar-winning actress would make her debut appearance on the cover of Vogue for the publication's all-important September Issue cover, photographed by Mario Testino and presumably dressed in Dior. 

2. Model Jourdan Dunn grateful that this time it's her boobs, not her skin color, that Raf Simons finds objectionable.

The 22-year-old British runway model tweeted the news when she learned she was axed from the high-profile runway show:

Yes, fashion is def the best: 

BTW, this is what Dior-approved boobs look like:

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Image: IMAXtree

And as luck would have it, they're Caucasian. But…

​3. Six black models walked the runway at Dior.

That's six more than the cumulative total number (zero) of black models that have appeared on the runway since Simons' Fall 2012 Dior debut.

5 Ways Today’s Dior Show was a Publicity Circus 5 Ways Today’s Dior Show was a Publicity Circus

Last season, Dior was among the many labels criticized for its all-white runways. As casting director James Scully (Tom Ford, Jason Wu, Derek Lam, Stella McCartney, Lanvin & Carolina Herrera) told Buzzfeed: "I feel the Dior cast is just so pointedly white that it feels deliberate. I watch that show and it bothers me — I almost can't even concentrate on the clothes because of the cast."

Racially diverse casting at Dior follows Prada's recent decision to hire four female models of color for the label's Spring 2014 Menswear show. 

4. Collection reflects the new international market for couture.

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Simons reportedly pulled inspiration from all four corners of the world, creating a collection which draws from the varied styles of Europe, the United States, Asia and Africa. 

Although she calls it an "ambitious, artistically led collection," in The New York Times, fashion critic Suzy Menkes praises the designs not for their creative vision, but for the way they reflect the new international market for couture: "Yet Mr. Simons, even when he missed the beat, is right to push for something that moves beyond Dior’s Parisian heritage. He is picking up on the cultural and global changes that put Asian clients in key front-row positions in Dior’s show tent."

Though the collection is positioned to appeal to Dior's worldwide clientele, it's not so literally inspired. For example, the African fashions draw on the style of the Masai people, who are semi-nomadic and not known for their voracious couture consumption. 

5. Baiting social media with "interventions" by photographers Paolo Roversi, Patrick Demarchelier, Terry Richardson and Willy Vanderperre.

Image: IMAXtree

Image: IMAXtree

Produced with its social media footprint in mind (according to WWD), the runway show featured parallel projections of models backstage photographed by big names Paolo Roversi (representing Asia), Patrick Demarchelier (Europe), Terry Richardson (Africa) and Willy Vanderperre (Americas). 

 

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