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Christian Dior’s garden parties were the stuff of legends. The couturier hosted lavish gatherings in the rose gardens he planted in his family home, which he dubbed ‘The Grand Balls of the Century’. The house, in Granville, France, is now a museum, where you can browse three floors of haute couture as well as the gorgeous gardens that Dior cited as a major influence throughout his life and career.
But you don’t need to wait till your summer holliers to get a little taste of that glamour -- Dior’s Garden Party collection was released nationwide last week, inspired by the pastel greens, pinks and lilacs of 'the garden of fragrances' at Villa des Rhumbs.
The collection is exquisite – t’would do Mr. Dior proud. Featuring delicate, embossed powders for cheeks and eyes and glossy shades of lilac and pink for lips, the Garden Collection is a bumper crop of utter loveliness. Two gorgeous shades of Le Vernis nail polish round off the collection, in a shimmery green and a creamy mauve.
There’s a stunning collector’s item in the form of a hand-finished, ornamental clutch -- take a closer look over on beaut.ie -- as well as a limited edition version of the brand’s iconic 5 Couleurs palette, in four floral inspired colour ways. I was thrilled to be sent one in #441, Garden Pastels, which is described as “pink, buttercup yellow and luminous greens”. With its embossed roses it’s a thing of beauty, and affirms every good thing I’ve ever heard about these quints; the shadows are smooth and velvety, with great colour payoff.
I wouldn’t wear the colours all together, but have been experimenting with one or two shades worn just on the lid – there’s too much shimmer for under the brow, I think. Luckily any actual glitter is confined to the pink and blue/green shade, making the palette more fresh and wearable.
I was also sent a new limited edition shade of Skinflash primer in Universal Light; at first I took this to be an illuminating concealer, but the pearlescent white shade revealed it would serve better as a highlighter. It gives a gorgeous gleam to the highest points of the face.
What do you think, will you be joining the party?
The Dior Garden Party collection is on counter now; prices range from €23 for the nail polish, €35 for the Skinflash, €55 for the 5 Couleurs palettes and €74 for the beautiful clutch.