Dior Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2017 Stole My Heart

My Instagram feed has been exploding with insider shots of the most praised Haute Couture shows of Paris Fashion Week. Along with InStyle editor in chief Laura Brown and former Lucky magazine editor Eva Chen's daily fashion week shots, Christian Dior posted some precious backstage videos of the models preparing for the highly anticipated Haute Couture presentation. 

Dior provided a Zoltar fortune teller to get the models thinking astrologically and superstitiously. Superstition and astrology were two things that Christian Dior took seriously and it's evident in Maria Grazia Chiuri's designs that it's still a common theme at the fashion house today. 

The Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2017 show marked a new chapter in Dior's history books. It was the first Haute Couture show with Maria Grazia Chiuri as creative chief and I will be the first to say that the collection stole my heart. 

Dior's Bar Jacket silhouette makes an appearance with a modernized version of The New Look
Astrology vibes
The entire collection was very romantic; there was a strong stress on nature and all of the whimsy that comes along with it. Chiuri was heavily influenced by astrology and classic Dior silhouettes while designing her collection.

Powerful headdresses crowned models who resembled fairy queens as they made their way around the painstakingly decorated runway on the Musée Rodin grounds. 

The show began with masqueraded models dressed in all black ensembles with sharp yet careful tailored details. 

My favorite part of the entire show was the small stars placed around the model's eyes. It added a mysterious element to the fairy tale feeling of the show. 

Maria Grazia Chiuri made sure to have one design (yes! Only one design!) in Pantone's color of the year, greenery.
Cinderella's fairy godmother gets a makeover

It felt as though Maria Grazia Chiuri took a page from Karl Lagerfeld's last Haute Couture show. Many of the designs reminded me of his Haute Couture Fall 2016 collection. I have seen this whimsical fairy tale theme reprised multiple times for the past couple seasons, and it's starting to feel a little old. 
Dior Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2017
Valentino Spring 2016 Couture
Chiuri's last collection at Valentino was a tribute to the Elizabethan era. I'm finding similar gowns in her latest collection at Dior. Even the snake-like accents that added a touch of Medusa to the soft gowns in the Dior Couture collection where similar to hair pieces from Chiuri's final Valentino show. 

Christian Dior Spring 2017 Haute Couture
Valentino Spring 2016 Haute Couture
Although the Valentino and Dior shows had completely different ideas behind them, it's difficult to ignore the similarities in the designs, especially when the same designer designed them.  

As a die hard Dior enthusiast, I feel protective of my brand. I just hope Chiuri isn't recycling Valentino elements throughout her entire career. Valentino is not Dior. Dior is not Valentino. Yes, designers have different elements that they personally like to add to collections but when you're working under a name like Dior, you really should make sure to keep the two houses' designs separate from each other. Why present similar designs if the houses themselves are not similar? Just the names of the houses themselves represent entirely different histories. Dior is a French fashion house that changed women's fashion history after WWII by reintroducing luxurious, feminine designs to the market. Valentino is an Italian house famous for it's attention grabbing red gowns and for dressing Jackie Kennedy after JFK's assassination. 

Overall, I did really enjoy Maria Grazia Chiuri's first Haute Couture show. I have a soft spot for "ingenue ball gowns" in the words of Sarah Mower. The entire show was well executed and quite memorable. I am looking forward to obsessing over all of these looks for the months to come. 

Most of the photos were taken from Voguerunway.com and are credited to Marcus Tondo. 
All of the opinions expressed in the above blog post are my own


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