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: Race Is About Politics Jean-Frederic Schaub

Updated 21 January 2020

What We Are Reading Today: Race Is About Politics Jean-Frederic Schaub

  • Schaub argues that to understand racism we must look at historical episodes of collective discrimination

Racial divisions have returned to the forefront of politics in the US and European societies, making it more important than ever to understand race and racism. 

But do we? In this original and provocative book, acclaimed historian Jean-Frédéric Schaub shows that we don’t— and that we need to rethink the widespread assumption that racism is essentially a modern form of discrimination based on skin color and other visible differences.

On the contrary, Schaub argues that to understand racism we must look at historical episodes of collective discrimination. Built around notions of identity and otherness, race is above all a political tool that must be understood in the context of its historical origins.

Although scholars agree that races don’t exist, they disagree about when these ideologies emerged. Drawing on historical research from the early modern period to today, Schaub makes the case that the key turning point in the political history of race in the West occurred not with the Atlantic slave trade and American slavery, as many historians have argued, but much earlier, in 15th-century Spain and Portugal, with the racialization of Christians of Jewish and Muslim origin.