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Paris Fashion Week: At Dior, a royal court press
Paris Fashion Week: At Dior, a royal court press

In the center of the oldest courtyard in the Louvre Palace, Raf Simons gave us a moment of brilliance Friday afternoon at Paris Fashion Week, a high-speed remix of 18th century royal court attire that was modern, creative and incredibly cool. Marion Cottilard, Dakota Fanning, Olivia Palermo, Coco Rocha and Carla Bruni-Sarkozy came out for the blockbuster Dior show, held inside a tent with a mirrored facade reflecting the palace in its gaze. What was in store inside was a hall of mirrors, all right. The look: If skateboarders and surfers stormed the palace. But practical, not theatrical. Historical design thoughtfully adapted for today. Key pieces: Streamlined court jackets and...

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