This is a new era in Dior. That much is clear. In fact, I’d even go as far as to say that Maria Grazia Chiuri brings a little bit of (no, a lot of) Valentino in Dior. With a focus on femininity and purity, simple silhouettes with soft pastels and Valentino-esque gowns, this is an unusual take on Dior. Not unfamiliar. Just different. I don’t say this as a complaint or a compliment, but I do stick to my point from my last review: Dior Spring Summer 2017: Revolution or Identity Crisis?
That being said, Dior haute couture Spring Summer 2017 collection was bathed in fantasy and delicate beauty. With a fairy tale in a secret garden theme, the runway for the fashion show was transformed into a lawn with trees and catkins with flowers and lights.
The first few looks were about elegant and polished evening wear, consisting of bar jackets, long skirts and flared pants. The show soon moved on to midi-cocktail dresses, gowns and pants worn with peplum bar jackets. Black seemed to be the order of the day, but with the advent of gowns, the colors got softer with pastel greys, white, midnight blue and peaches and pinks, with some leaf green and red. Yes, very fantastical.
Maria Grazia Chiuri brings a little bit of (no, a lot of) Valentino in Dior.
The accessory that stood out the most was the headdresses. Very showy, they were sometimes more than a foot long, with feathers, flowers or branches, and sometimes like moon or star shaped tiaras. In some looks, they took shapes of garden dwellers themselves – insects or bats. Other accessories included subtle collar necklaces with flower pendants (or even leaves or snakes), and sometimes statement belts to match. Here and there, a tree, flower or moon motif was to be seen on the gowns.
… where the models themselves were fleeting dreams or exquisite scraps of a fantasy.
Some of the interesting silhouettes had hoods, capes or collar ponchos. Lots of gowns had bell or bubble sleeves – both half and full sleeves were seen. And others had strings straps or were strapless. Tulle, lace, satin, crepe and organza were used for soft, feathery effect – where the models themselves were fleeting dreams or exquisite scraps of a fantasy.
The last few gowns on the show had shimmer, shine and poof. The bare shoulders, layered silhouettes, sheer fabrics combined with softly wavy hair held up in the front – all made the collection as feminine as it could have been.
Dior Haute Couture Spring Summer 2017 Collection: Gallery
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