Last week marked Dior's takeover at Harrods, as the French couture house has hopped the Channel for a pop-up in the London department store with a capsule collection that perfectly embodies French style, mixed with British charm.
After its takeover of the Parisian department store Printemps Haussman for the 2012-winter season, Dior has now partnered with Harrods, dressed their windows in the iconic Christian Dior grey and white, and decorated the store with red British post and telephone boxes. As the display windows were revealed on March 14, 2013, the fashion set arrived at the shop to welcome the new exhibition, including model Natalia Vodianova who was the epitome of French chic in a little black dress from the Dior Fall/Winter 2013-2014 collection.
The exhibition runs until April 14 and is set to host several exclusive events. Besides Dior's windows dedicated to icons of British culture, the Brompton Road store will house two covetable collections by the French couture house: one featuring tartan-clad Lady Dior bags and Harrods bears, and another with Dior beauty products influenced by the English Rose. To top off the entente-cordiale, the Beefeaters will pose in front of the department store wearing uniforms especially designed by Dior's creative director, Raf Simons and the Café Dior has set up in Harrods' fourth floor Gregorian Restaurant. In an 18th century décor drawing on Mr. Dior's passion for the era, shoppers can enjoy some of his favourite fine foods including a must-try lobster sandwich and pretty Dior cupcakes. The Dior at Harrods takeover also will hold events throughout the month featuring exclusive beauty treatments, personal portraits sketched by Dior artists, and specially engraved perfume bottles.
If you're in London, the Franco-British exhibition lasts until April 14 and is definitely not one to miss. Find out more on the special Dior x Harrods collaboration on Vogue.fr, and see special images from the capsule collection below.
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By Quinn Connors