Dior Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2017 Stole My Heart
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|
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|
|Christian Dior Spring 2017 Haute Couture|
|Valentino Spring 2016 Haute Couture|
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