Dior's Secret Garden 2: It Should've Remained A Secret

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Whenever someone says they're creating a part TWO to something, I get nervous for them. As we all know, sequels usually fall short to the original. There are exceptions however. For example, Hollywood can come out with as many Fast & Furious movies as they want because all the guys look so damn good in the movie! However, I digress. Let's talk about Dior. Dior came out with Secret Garden 2 last week. I enjoyed seeing beautiful gowns & handbags in a lush enchanted forest. Ooh la la, the 'CD' pearl opera styled glasses (did you catch those? if not, they're pictured last below). Yawn...nice swings Dior, chandelier, chaise lounger and tulle around the eyes of the models. But for me, that's where the enchantment stopped. HaHaHa Secret Garden 2 was nice, but it just didn't come together for me like the first one. It seemed thrown together. The ingredients were there, but somebody just didn't cook it right. LOL With a powerhouse like Dior, one expects MORE! Anyone can put together a picnic setting, throw in a cute dog and take pictures by a tree. Us bloggers do that! C'mon Dior! Step up your game! Below are pics and video from Secret Garden 2. I also included the video to Secret Garden for comparison. What are your thoughts? Maybe I'm too harsh. In all fairness, I have written NICE things about other Dior productions (Here and Here).


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FASHION TALES said...

HA, Kim you are so funny. I am such a Dior fan, but I may have to agree with you on this one, however I did love Dior's powersuits, perhaps they took a brief yawn on the styling judging by the (long version)video! lol You're right about us bloggers too! :-)

fluff and fripperies said...

Hmm I see your point - 2 seems darker somehow, maybe they were going for edgy but it just seems a bit more dull...

The Dainty Dolls House said...

Hmmm...I have to agree. I do like the one with the tree house, but they are a little boring and stiff really. I would have liked to see more movement and flow. They seem rigid and not very in tune with where they're at. The place is stunning and dreamy and flows, they don't, so they stick out like sore thumbs. Sometimes opposites don't work. I preferred the first one!! We should re-do this for them, they should hire us, haha! That would be too awesome!! Have a sweet day doll :)

Jone @ forex Trading Training said...

I went through your article it seems really interesting to read and I really love it.

Janice Lunes said...

Wow I love this editorial :)

So beautiful and sort of magical !

I really like this :)

Oh and Kim, I have 2 new posts and would love to know your opinion :)

Have a great day :D

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Dawn Gibson-Thigpen said...

Love the pop of color in each photo! Excellent post!

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Dawn

Beauty Fashion Skin Care Blog - Girlie Blog Seattle said...

Dior did a beautiful job. Sequels aren't so bad after all (lol). But yes, I get nervous too. However, Terminator 2 was one of my favorite movies, and it was a sequel. I'm very much looking forward to the second Avatar.

Cee said...

Hmmm... I'm torn. On the one hand I want to love this, mainly because I recognise the parts of the Grand Trianon where the first two shots were taken and I always love seeing familiar locations elevated to magical worlds for a fashion editorial. But as soon as we leave the Trianon, the shoot loses me. There seems to be less magic and more moodiness to this version than the first one. But I suppose it's all in the eye of the beholder :)
xox,
Cee

Mica said...

Such lovely photos! I agree though, they are definitely darker and less appealing as the first one. Still beautiful in their own right though :)


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Meghan Silva said...

I have to agree the first one was way better .

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Emmy said...

Heehee...I do love both, the second as much as the first. but I do think it's not the most original when ads do a "sequel".

Tina Bradley said...

Totally agree! Sequels just aren't as good, are they? This one does seem to have an "erie" vibe to it. Have a fab day, Kim!!! T. http://tickledpinkwoman.blogspot.com

kissandmakeupsbeautyblog said...

Such gorgeous shots!

Real College Student of Atlanta said...

lol I love these photos so much, so classy and cultural!!

TheTinyHeart said...

Haha, I'm cracking up at your comment that bloggers take photos by trees! I agree that this is kinda ho-hum in comparison.

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Karen said...

I agree, sequels are not as good! I still love this though! :)
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Gail J said...

really love all the photos, very beautiful <3

Kate Sullivan Corpuz said...

The pups are very cute :-)

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Chic 'n Cheap Living said...

Some of the indoor shots are really gorgeous! I'm not as enthralled by the forest shots. But I still wouldn't sneeze if a lady bag or two fell in my lap! ;)


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NYCStylelittleCannoli said...

I love Dior Their ads and products are just so elegant and girly girl. Probably my second fave to Chanel I would have to say. What a great post
Thank you !!

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Always Maylee said...

Haha, you're right, usually sequels are never as good as the first one!

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Oh to Be a Muse said...

I like the photo with all the models together, but everything else looks pretty average.

So are you saying I should go see Fast and Furious 6? :)

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Lilli said...

Ahah Kim, you are so right! It was the same thing I also thought about it! I prefered the first one much more! Though is nice also the second but not as much as to stare at it for hours as happened for the first last year:) Kisses dear! xo

Sara Gerard said...

HA! You crack me up, girl! So true though. I would not have known that these were Dior until I read your post!

Rakel said...

love the pictures! ^^

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Lorena said...

I am having such a hard time seeing your posts AND posting via Bloglovin...
i could not even see the video... :(

Aubree @ Macarons and Stilettos said...

Haha! You are *so* right about Fast & Furious! That's why I will be going to the next one ;).

And The Secret Garden 2 is nice, but bloggers could easily do something similar. So I agree with you that someone like Dior should just blow us away.

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Sam said...

Hi Kim, I have recently lost my faith in Dior, I have to sadly admit it, and this photoshoot will probably add another reason to that. The location, of course is beautiful but the models seem so out of place, more robotic than romantic.

kim bim said...

Sweetie you not too harsh, you are well on point.

Mary Jo at TrustYourStyle said...

Hi Kim, I love that you honestly review things, whether beauty products or campaigns. This one, is beautiful but such a almost verbatim copy of that famous Grace Coddington spread for Vogue with Galiano, etc.

xo Mary Jo

Linda Becaca said...

I suddenly want to put on a dress and go running down a checkered ballroom...haha it looks like so much fun!

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Jolien Van Daele said...

I can agree to some extent. It is maybe not THAT original in a way that you'd call it a picnic. But I cannot help but sensing some alienating vibes coming out of this picture. It's more of an artsy Alice in Wonderland vibe than a mere picnic, no?
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Mattania said...

Love the pictures!

Champagne Star said...

Hmm, I see what you mean about 'Secret Garden 2' a little "thrown together". It's definitely not as grand as the first one (and really has nothing to do with Versailles), but the second one is much fore fanciful, which makes it more "exciting" than the first one. Imo, both have pros and cons.

Sacramento Amate said...

You are the absolute best. great post, KIm. I am loving and steeling: The ingredients were there, but somebody just didn't cook it right.
Much love Miss Paps.
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nancy @ adore to adorn said...

totally agree about sequels...but this is amazing! =D
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LoveT. said...

Wow ,amazing! Love this Post <3

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miss b said...

Just enjoying catching up on your posts after a long weekend away. I do agree that sequels are always a little tricky especially if Part One is such a success. However, I love the setting in the first two photos.

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oomph. said...

i love those CD glasses, but you're right...something is missing. it needs...oomph! ha.

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Nicky said...

Love this post!
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jo said...

Kim, I do agree with you. This is rather boring.

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Macarena Limones said...

I totally agree with you, I'm convinced that Dior guys can do it better!

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Jessica said...

this is so whimsical and gorggg/

vickys-style.com said...

Gorgeous pictures, thanks for sharing doll


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Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

I love love love it and you know me. That outdoor scene makes me want to attend a chic outdoor tea party.

Thrifted Shift said...

After looking at your other Dior posts (Christmas and Secret Garden 1) I have to agree with you. This one's not as special nor spectacular. Oh well. I bet their next one will knock your socks off!

jo said...

Hey Kim, I just happened to read your comment. Thanks! I made a mistake. Glossybox doesn't deliver to CANADA but they're still around. Yeah, it's weird because they have tons of Canadian subscribers. Thanks for the comment so I can revise my post. Haha. Btw, I like the Dior clothes but the setting is way too boring.

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Stephanie G said...

amazing images kim, beautiful backdrops, thanks for sharing these..

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MOSAMUSE said...

you always find great campaigns and editorials!!
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LyddieGal said...

that is always a problem with sequels! though i do think that red suit looks quite nice.
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Heel in Mint said...

I love the video part but not the pictures so much. I think the background clashes with the outfits and they don't go well together. Not bad though but the first one is definitely better. :)

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flysongbird said...

i really like 5 and 6..but otherwise i agree it is very meh

Melissa D said...

Great post. I love these photos. Really like the forest setting!

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Sakuranko said...

Oh really beautiful pics sweetie!
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Rowena @ rolala loves said...

Kim you have such a great way with words and I totally agree with your analysis. The first one was so much better. I mean this one was pretty but I found it rather boring overall.

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Aimee P said...

haha, though I do kind of agree. George from Fashion Police had kind of mentioned the same thing about it seeming to be thrown together without a lot of unity.
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Fashionista622 said...

I was uber excited when I saw the clip last week about a part 2, (the more Dior the better right?) however this did not do it justice. The original secret garden was so perfectly made. Maybe they should stop right where they are and leave well enough alone. LOL

Have a great weekend Kim! Thanks for the discussion.

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Pamela RG said...

I admire Dior too. The setting at Versailles Palace was spectacular. My favourite Palace there is the Trianon. The clothes and bags are fabulous. I would like one of each please,

Diva In Me said...

Dior has been pretty quiet and subtle lately. I still like this brand a lot though but yea, I do agree that they should do something about it soon. Else they'll be left way behind.