Dior Autumn Winter 2017 Collection

Dior Autumn Winter 2017 Collection:

Dior AW17 collection

Le Grand Bleu. That should have been the title for Maria Grazia Chiuri’s Dior Autumn Winter 2017 collection, for it was as poetic as the 1989 Luc Besson film and as blue as the ocean. Sparkly full skirts were as twinkling as a still shore at midnight. Dark navy macs and dresses which borrowed from utilitarian codes were as shiny as the skin of dolphins.

So, in true Dior style, Maria Grazia Chiuri truly nailed the romance of the label. There was not so much of an inkling of her past life at Valentino, proving her protean creativity. What stood out in the Dior Autumn Winter 201 collection was the designer’s focus on wearability, and more specifically on daywear. Her little detail of having models sport a leather beret had bigger connotations: this was her uniform for the new Dior woman. These girls were leading a new kind of Résistance compounding Chiuri’s strong feminist symbolism last season with THOSE t-shirts. The ones that read “Everyone should be a feminist” and sported by everyone from Jennifer Lawrence to Rihanna, who also got first dibs on a leather beret at this show!

The message was subtler this time (i.e. there were no slogans), but nonetheless Chiuri gave femininity a new dimension at Dior to fit this idea of strength and attitude that is more chic than flouncy; more understated and cool than delicate and pretty, in the main. Most looks were tinged with a touch of military and boy! was there a lot of denim: from loose trousers, asymmetrical cargo jackets and dungarees (yes, really) to silky jean-look shirts and denim Bar jackets. The beautiful ballerina tulle skirts were a delightful contrast to these more masculine looks, but even they were paired with strict jackets and oversized knitwear. Was the Dior Autumn Winter 2017 Dior collection a revolution then? Yes, most certainly it was, but  Maria Grazia Chiuri has done the clever thing of starting off her narrative loud last season and soldering on in a quiet but determined march with this ethereal catwalk.

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Dior AW17 collection

AW17 Dior collection