Dior to unveil new pieces in exclusive Harrods boutique
The design house is showcasing its covetable high jewellery collections as well as pieces exclusive to the store
French fashion house Dior has announced it is to open a permanent new watch and jewellery boutique in London department store Harrods next month. The boutique will showcase fine accessory designs for which the House’s ateliers are renowned, alongside a small number of special designs created exclusively for sale in the famous store.
The swiss-made timepiece 'Dior Grand Bal Plume Blanche', is a new addition to the Dior Grand Bal collection. As a subtle nod to Christian Dior’s adoration for elaborate balls, the delicate design was inspired by the daintiness of a feather and the purity of white.
Each feather set on the oscillating weight has been decorated by diamonds and displays a feather-making technique specific to Haute Couture. Designed to recreate the look of a feathered petticoat, they evolve in time with a lacquered white dial set with yellow gold threads. The timepiece is equipped with an automatic movement exclusive to the Maison Dior, while a patented and functional oscillating weight mimics the elaborate swirl of a ball gown.
Furthermore, conforming to her unique vision of modernity, Christian Dior’s creative director of fine jewellery Victoire de Castellane has also designed a new style of necklace - the 'Rose Des Vents.’ Inspired by Dior's lucky star and his favourite flower, the rose, it comes in yellow gold, diamonds and mother of pearl and is limited to just three pieces.
"The Rose des Vents, or compass rose, is a metaphor for the act of creation," de Castellane said. "Creating means seeking, going around in circles, and then finding your cardinal point and setting off on a journey. Creation is the trace of an immobile journey.”
The Tête de mort collection – also designed by de Castellane – reinterprets two famed Latin adages “Memento Mori” and “Carpe Diem” – both of which remind us to make the most of every moment – an important sentiment to the house. Each pastel-hued piece pays tribute to the artistic director’s debut collection La Fiancée du Vampire, unveiled in 2001, and represents a different state of mind – strength is characterised by the deep blue of chalcedony, peace, by the powdery rose of quartz and balance by the violet of amethyst. The stones have been hand-carved to showcase the intricate details of their ostentation.