Discover the complete Dior Couture AW17 collection, which is inspired by Dior’s early designs from the 50s. Read our review and see what we think of it!
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From Spring Summer’s fairyland theme to Cruise collection’s caveman theme, Maria Grazia Chiuri keeps bringing new inspirations to the house of Dior. For the Dior Autumn/Winter 2017 couture collection, she was inspired by a line from Christian Dior’s autobiography, Dior by Dior, “A complete collection should address all types of women in all countries.”
While that sounds exciting enough, the collection itself seemed like an a couture versioned-extension of Cruise 2017 collection. The collection was presented in a set designed by artist Pietro Ruffo, which brought about natural elements like the earth, trees, plants and animals – not real ones but laser-cut three-dimensional models.
The most interesting part was that the collection was designed after a lot of Dior’s early designs from late 1940s and early 50s. Bringing the house’s tradition of cinched waists and long skirts back, Chiuri gave the silhouettes her own spin – not exaggerated at the hip, but more free-flowing, and even a little loose, as if they’re half a size too big.
The silhouettes included long skirts worn with jackets, strapless and sleeved maxi dresses, jumpsuits, overcoats and collared dresses. The show progressed to sheer gowns and layered, voluminous skirts. The shoes were flatter – pointy-toe pumps or monk-strap shoes. Accessories were eye-catching – round sunglasses, long-tailed skinny belts and hats inspired by men’s fedoras.
Menswear inspiration came in the form of color and fabrics too. Anthracite wool with herringbone and all shades of grey were used with the intent of transforming menswear elements into wearable (but shimmering) jackets, coats and blouses for Dior couture AW17 collection. All wearable for autumn and winter, although I wish fashion would give sheer dresses a rest at some point. All I know is, “what to wear under sheer dress” has over 200,000 monthly searches on Google. Here we are, regular women – all types of women in all countries – and we don’t know.
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