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The new Dior at Alto the space is adjacent to the pop-up on the store’s fifth floor, and is already booked through July.
The area is adorned with Toile de Jouy, which Maria Grazia Chiuri, creative director of Dior women’s collections, has created in shades including blue, chartreuse and raspberry for summer.
The toile appears on chairs and placemats, at the bar and on veils on the pergola. The restaurant also features home accessories by Dior Maison, such as cushions, parasols and deckchairs.
The menu features some of Alto’s signature Italian dishes, such as truffle and pecorino ravioli — as well as food selected by Dior, including a lobster roll with Pachino tomatoes; beetroot carpaccio served with rocket salad, parmesan cheese and pistachios, and tagliolini with Sicilian red prawns and caviar.
The cocktail list has been renamed in a tribute to the history of Dior, with names such as “J’Adior Selfridges” and “Lady Dior.”
The Dioriviera beach collection pop-up offers merchandise ranging from espadrilles to Toile de Jouy hammocks, as well as Christian Dior surfboards and Vespas.
Dior began selling a beach collection at a pop-up store in Mykonos in 2018 and has joined the ranks of luxury brands courting customers in summer holiday destinations with in-season merchandise and convenient, temporary locations.
“It’s a summer collection, linked to several vacation spots, and is now a much appreciated capsule collection,” Chiuri said. “Today it has become a constellation of simple and exquisite pieces that can be combined in endless ways.”
The products will be sold in boutiques and resort stores including Cannes, Saint Tropez, Monaco, Capri, Mykonos, Bodrum, Ibiza and Marbella as well as at the Rosewood Miramar Beach store in Montecito, Calif.
The brand has nearly a dozen pop-up stores scheduled to open in May, June and July, including seven in Asia, as well as Beverly Hills and SoHo, and, in a first, the Marina Porto in Montenegro.
Selfridges is the only retailer where the pop-up is connected to a restaurant.