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Celebrities such as Lupita Nyong’o and Emily Blunt sparkled in the heat at Christian Dior’s vivid couture show set in a timeless conservatory in Paris.

Nyong’o looked ravishing in a short, cherry red Dior couture dress Monday, and was at a loss for words on entering Christian Dior’s “The Garden of Earthly Delights’’ show set inside the Rodin Museum. Guests ventured with trepidation on entering the huge, abstract painted conservatory garden that featured myriad multicolored panels - and some even tripped on the giant colored fruit scattered around the floor.

“It’s really cool,’’ the actress said, looking around in amazement from her spot next to U.S. Vogue Editor Anna Wintour. “It’s so incredible. I think I need to take a moment!’’

Emily Blunt - in a simple, white knee-length Dior gown - was equally amazed.

“This is just extraordinary. This is kind of why I would walk from London to Paris to see this show. I’m so excited,’’ she said.

In a surreal garden setting, Dior designer Raf Simons wove his creative needle in and out through different centuries. That produced an imaginative time travel of a couture show, which riffed on the styles of the Flemish Masters, the Middle Ages and the Renaissance.

The large fruit props on the runway conjured up scenes from historic still-life oil paintings.

Long diaphanous column silhouettes in chiffon, like medieval undergarments, floated by elegantly alongside gowns with high-cinched waists and wide, billowing sleeves that mirrored the old Flemish styles. Some bejeweled net gilets were worn on the torso, evoking chainmail in a beautiful touch.

The sense of chic time travel was further heightened with delicate dots and patterns on the fabrics - designs that evoked the French Impressionists and the technique of Pointillism associated with artists like Georges Seurat. AP
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