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Fashion Week parties abound, but what better way to kick off the frantic week than to celebrate an icon? On Friday Saks and Jessica Biel hosted an evening soiree to toast all things Dior. Inspired by the airy surrealism of its Paris runway show (and our fabulous new window display) Dior transformed the third floor of our New York store into a labyrinth of mirrored walls, silver globes and sky-blue light. With Champagne flutes in hand, fashion week’s leading names—designer Rachel Zoe, Elle’s Joe Zee and Harper’s Bazaar Editor in Chief Glenda Bailey to name a few—wound their way through the dreamlike maze to take in pieces from Raf Simons’ Warhol-inspired fall collection.
Clad in a creamy Dior knit gown that managed to shine brighter than the evening’s silvery setting, Biel posed for photos and fans alike. Still, amidst all the buzzing excitement, she found a few minutes to steal away and chat about why she adores Dior.
When you hear the name Dior, what comes to mind?
Biel: I think back to when I was a little girl…Dior seemed so untouchable, so glamorous. Now as the direction has changed with Raf at the helm, it feels like an incredible combination of old world elegance and modern femininity.
Any favorites from the fall collection we’re seeing tonight?
Biel: I really love all the tweed and how it’s paired with something simple and feminine, like a gathered bow. The collection feels really timeless. You can take any piece, wear it 20 years from now, and still be elegant.
Like Dior, your own style has evolved over the years. Where are you now?
Biel: My style used to be non-existent. I had no idea what I was doing! It’s definitely changed dramatically now. At this point in my life I feel a lot more adventurous and confident to try something new.
Photos by Billy Farrell & Matteo Prandoni
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