The excited anticipation surrounding Dior’s Spring/Summer 2017 collection was undeniable, as Maria Grazia Chiuri debuted her first collection as creative director for the brand. Having come of a long, and much celebrated, career at Valentino, Chiuri is graced with the honor of being the first woman to ever take the lead position for the house of Dior. With a forceful nod towards this much lauded accomplishment, Chiuri put her focus on feminism, and how it is defined in today’s world. The creative director explained, “The message, really, is that there is not one kind of woman.” Chiuri emphasized her objective to produce a collection that is universal, rather than controversial.
The collection initially debuted with a strong fencing influence. Masculinity was utilized and contrasted with feminine tulle skirts. Fencing suits fabricated in optic white quilted cotton, possessed intricate detailing as they were tied at the sides and embroidered with a tiny, black bee. The fencing style continued to appear in the collection as quilted vests, fencing guards layered over crisp shirts and visors were all featured in various stylings. There was a unifying formality as an underlying theme of the collection as the designs remained sporty while a bit rigid as well.
Following the fencing theme, Chiuri walked a subcollection of romantic femininity with a delicate aesthetic. Tulle dresses and skirts were embroidered with florals and natural elements. Tarot card imagery was representative throughout the collection as well. Chiuri was sure to include classic elements of previous designers at Dior. “J’adior Christian Dior” branded straps of garments and slogan tees were layered under contemporary sportswear pieces. The immediately associable Bar jacket was reiterated. In paying homage to her original theme, Chiuri walked branded tees reading, “We should all be feminists” accounting for the new wave of femininity in all of its strength and power.
Edited by ELIZABETH KRAMSKY
Photos courtesey of lmaxtree
Visual editor IVAN GUERRERO