Creative Director Maria Grazia Chiuri has consistently left us speechless, and within just her second year in the role, she’s making us love Dior more and more.
The fashion house celebrated their 70th anniversary with an Haute Couture showcase that featured their Autumn-Winter 2017-18 collection. In attendance, of course, were brand ambassadors Jennifer Lawrence, and Robert Pattinson, along with A-listers like Kirsten Dunst, Natalie Portman, Celine Dion, Camille Rowe, Elizabeth Olson, Gemma Arterton, Felicity Jones, and Karlie Kloss. Phew! Quite the line-up right?
But, even with so many stars in the front row, the true showstopper was Chiuri’s line-up of womenswear, all of which drew inspiration from travel, adventure, exploration, maps, and globes. What brought her to this worldly view? Trust Dior’s archives to stir up the most creative silhouettes; Chiuri unravelled a map that illustrated five destinations Monsieur Christian Dior travelled to showcase his collections after World War II.
A complete collection should address all types of women in all countries.”—Christian Dior
And with those words, Chiuri knew what she needed to encompass in the brand’s 70th anniversary Haute Couture showcase—Everything!
Dior Autumn-Winter 2017-18
The signature Dior florals, along with Chiuri’s celestial prints, tarot symbols, travel cartography have been canvassed on ensembles that fit every kind of explorer—the adventure lover, the jet-setting First Class lady, the woman in an exotic land, the seasoned traveller…
What’s more, the embroideries and paintings are borrowed from all across the globe with Asia and America serving as the pitstops to the fashion house’s inherent French aesthetic.
Chiuri’s unique spin: The fabrics are borrowed from the men’s dressing room, but nevertheless, tailored to feminine silhouettes that are figure flattering.
Expect to see contrasts of silk, chiffon, velvet and tulle gowns against aviator jackets, capes, and coats; culotte skirts paired with blouses against jumpsuits; reds, pinks, yellows, and golds against fifty shades of greys-to-blacks.
Topped off with the house’s milliner for the last 20 years, Stephen Jones’ fedoras, Dior’s female explorer is on her way, strapped in ankle boots or brogues for a change.