The illustrious Christian Dior just had a very successful fashion show on September 29th for their Spring-Summer 2021 collection during Paris fashion week. This year, they took into account every aspect of the world’s current situation, and hosted the show virtually, as well as having a limited in-person crowd of about 350 people, all wearing masks. The pieces that were modeled were very accommodating for any size, and really took into account the oversized look that has been trending, mixing it with native and cultural fashion.
The setup for the show was very cathedral inspired, as the stage’s main background was lined with gothic cathedral stained glass windows. The piece was called ‘Vetrata di poesia visiva’ by Lucia Marcucci, a Florence-based visual artist. It was filled with her visual poetry, mixing advertising text and mass media images into breathtaking collages. Throughout the show, the venue, Paris’Jardin des Tuileries, was filled with the high-pitched melodies of 12 members from Ensemble Vocal Sequenza 9.3.
They performed ‘Sangu di Rose’ by Italian composer Lucia Ronchetti, and were under the direction of Catherine Simonpietri. Each member wore a warm mint-colored dress, custom made with a manifesto printed in maroon, again by Lucia Marcucci. Well-known stars in fashion such as Maisie Williams, Ludivine Sagnier, and Natalia Vadanova sat in front row for the show.
Maria Chiuri, Dior’s current creative director from Italy, designed all of the pieces for the show. She focused very heavily on loose-fitting bohemian looks, thin gold jewelry accents, gold dangly earrings, knotted headbands, strappy flat sandals, ballerina shoes and bold thick eyeliner. The pieces all had earthy tones to them and many sheer, breathable components. She used a lot of paisley and foliage patterns, florals, patchwork and embroidery. The hair looks were either short and natural or pushed back in a simple and relaxed braid design pinned low to the head. There were also some clothing pieces and handbags that displayed the Dior logo. The looks that Chiuri created were the perfect mix of simplistic, yet chic and tasteful. She really knows how to incorporate bohemian Italian fashion with a relaxed look that has recently evolved into women’s fashion.
A unique piece that was displayed in the show was a reversible coat that incorporated patchwork prints and scarf print motifs. There were also many garments that transformed textiles into wearable and chic patchwork. The jackets were loose-fitting without zippers or buttons, presenting a very natural look. The models also wore thin belts wrapped around the upper waist as an accessory or to tie together and sinch the loose fitted clothes at the waist. There were fringes, stripes and delicate lace detailing on more sheer night looks. The models showed off men’s button-up shirts as essential pieces to layer or showcase as the main top. The show really focused on patterns and brought them to life in an inspiring way, and a more relaxing fit.
Dior has managed to release a line that still empowers women to be comfortable while also looking put together with a cultural twist.
Their focus on diversity and heritage did not go unnoticed and VALLEY applauds the show.