Dior goes green as style stars touch down in Paris

Actress Neelofa Mohd Noor was spotted at Dior’s Paris Fashion Week show. (Getty)
Updated 25 September 2019

Dior goes green as style stars touch down in Paris

DUBAI: The drizzly weather in the French capital didn’t rain on Dior’s parade as the powerhouse staged the first major show of Paris Fashion Week on Tuesday.

On the contrary, rain was a fitting accessory for a forest-themed show at the Longchamp Racecourse that celebrated nature and ecology. The earthy scent of wet soil from a forest nearby wafted around fashion editors and celebrities who included Julianne Moore and Jennifer Lawrence, The Associated Press reported.

Guests jetted in from around the world, including influencer and beauty entrepreneur Negin Mirsalehi, Malaysian actress Neelofa Mohd Noor and Lebanese influencer Karen Wazen.




Influencer Negin Mirsalehi attended the Dior show in Paris. (Getty)

Mirsalehi and Noor were both photographed wearing similar looks — blue-and-white, nature themed outfits. For her part, Mirsalehi showed off a printed jumpsuit with leaves and flowers trailing over the length of the belted outfit. She paired the look with black boots, a classic navy handbag and a messy bun.

Noor showed off the same print, but in the form of a fringed jacket, which she paired with wide-cut jeans and a white shirt.

Wazen stood out in a plaid dress with a matching, oversized coat and fishnet tights. She finished off the outfit with a string of pearls and a sleek teal handbag.

Dior’s first female designer, Maria Grazia Chiuri, pulled off a clever twist for the season, when the House of Dior’s legendary founder wasn’t the usual inspiration for the designs.

In Christian Dior’s place was his colorful and rebellious sister, Catherine Dior, known simply as Miss Dior.

Chiuri delved into the house archives and came back channeling a photo of Catherine, who was a gardener and born in 1917, surrounded by flowers.

The result was a decorative and quirky collection. It riffed on gardening and on the buttoned-up collar styles Miss Dior wore. Straw hats in natural hues or dyed black, some with contrasting trim, defined the tone of the 67-look show with a central eco-theme, The Associated Press noted.

The program notes said the hats were fashioned in raffia, a natural fiber made from palm leaves. Against the forest backdrop, it made quite the fashion statement.

A loose striped mini-dress in the style of a gardener’s apron opened the show alongside a beautiful A-line full skirt that teemed with intricate organic embroidery.

Later, the collection loosened up with as an open coat-collar silhouette and a series of fluid silk gowns in pastel shades and floral prints.

But despite the fresh quirks, the collection had many designs that left an impression they have been seen before.


What We Are Reading Today: Presidents of War by Michael Beschloss

Updated 07 December 2019

What We Are Reading Today: Presidents of War by Michael Beschloss

  • It said the book “chronicles the wars of the US from the war of 1812 to the Vietnam War

Author Michael Beschloss has spent nearly 10 years in preparing Presidents of War for publication by reviewing diaries and declassified documents, which is quite apparent in the historical sweep and scope of the book. 

This historical narrative begins in 1807 with the assault on the USS Chesapeake and the measures taken by former President Thomas Jefferson to avoid war through the Bush administration and the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. 

“This was a magnificent book that captured, not only history, but the humanity and struggles of our war presidents,” said a review in goodreads.com.

Presidents of War “is an extraordinary work, so extraordinary that it should be required reading for anyone seeking the presidency, vice presidency, a Senate seat, a congressional seat or any Cabinet positions in the US government,” said the review.

It said the book “chronicles the wars of the US from the war of 1812 to the Vietnam War. The author explores the reasons for the wars and often what the leaders did to circumvent Congress to enter the war without congressional approval.”