Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Dior Adores London; Brief Encounter: Amber le Bon Wears a Printed Duchesse Satin Skirt [Pounds Sterling]6,700, Cashmere Top [Pounds Sterling]680, Metal Strap Pumps [Pounds Sterling]630 and Crocodile Clutch POA, All from Dior, and Seen to Advantage Alongside Daniel, the Harrods doormanFASHIONFrance's Prestigious Fashion House Has Joined Forces with the Capital's Finest Emporium. It's What Dior Would Have Wanted, Says Karen Dacre

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Dior Adores London; Brief Encounter: Amber le Bon Wears a Printed Duchesse Satin Skirt [Pounds Sterling]6,700, Cashmere Top [Pounds Sterling]680, Metal Strap Pumps [Pounds Sterling]630 and Crocodile Clutch POA, All from Dior, and Seen to Advantage Alongside Daniel, the Harrods doormanFASHIONFrance's Prestigious Fashion House Has Joined Forces with the Capital's Finest Emporium. It's What Dior Would Have Wanted, Says Karen Dacre

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Byline: Karen Dacre

LOVE affairs in fashion, much like their "real life" counterparts, are often mismatched arrangements that end with one party in tears while the other runs off into the sunset. Take Hedi Slimane's recent pairing with Yves Saint Laurent. What first appeared to be a perfect romance made in heaven could soon be on the rocks as the designer struggles to live up to the expectations engendered by those who came before him. Then consider Sex and the City stylist Patricia Field's ill-fated collaboration with our dear old M&S, a coupling which saw rails of sheer polyester blouses and ruffle-trimmed dresses left swinging on the shopfloor for weeks.

But it doesn't always have to end in tears, provided both parties have taken adequate time to mutually acquaint themselves before jumping into bed. When Dior announced plans to procreate with Harrods earlier this week, there were few who questioned the compatibility of the pair -- or expected the results to be anything less than perfect.

On Saturday morning, Christian Dior and Harrods will unveil the fruits of their lifelong friendship. The pairing which begins at the store's famous front doors will see Harrods' iconic bottle green flags and awnings transformed with Dior's signature shade of grey until April 14. Window displays combining famous London iconography such as red post and telephone boxes with ready-to-wear designs by Dior's Belgian artistic director Raf Simons will outline the store. Meanwhile, Harrods' fourth floor will find itself transformed into a sort of Disneyland for Dior lovers. Nine separate spaces spanning an exhibition housing miniature versions of Dior couture through the ages and a 50-seat Dior Cafe serving Continued on Page 44

Continued from Page 43 lobster sandwiches and cupcakes created from Monsieur Dior's own recipes offer endless opportunities for shoppers to worship at the altar of France's most prestigious fashion house.

For those keen to take home their own piece of the love-in, a series of limitededition products, including "Dior-ified" Harrods bears, snow globes and a Lady Dior bag, will also be available. …

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