Maria Grazia Chiuri made her debut as Dior‘s new, and first female creative director showcasing spring/summer 2017 collection that fully spoke feminism. Held at the Musée Rodin in Paris, the A-lister guests included House muses Marion Cotillard, Natalie Portman, Jennifer Lawrence, Rihanna, as well as Diane Kruger, Kate Moss, Camille Rowe, Giambattista Valli, Alber Elbaz, Gucci’s former creative director Frida Giannini and Chiuri’s former colleague Pierpaolo Piccioli from Valentino.
“I strive to be attentive and open to the world and to create fashion that resembles the women of today,”says Maria Grazia Chiuri.“Fashion that corresponds to their changing needs, freed from the stereotypical categories of “masculine/feminine”, “young/not so young”, “reason/emotion”, which nonetheless also happen to be complementary aspects. Fencing is a discipline in which the balance between thought and action, the harmony between mind and heart are essential. The uniform of the female fencer is, with the exception of some special protections, the same as for a male fencer. The female body adapts itself to an outfit which, in turn, seems to have been shaped to its curves.”
Model Ruth Bell opened the show wearing a quilted white jacket decorated with a bright red heart, with white breeches and white sneakers embossed with the historic Dior bee logo and the letters CD. Chiuri focused on the details giving the perfect finishing touch to the collection.
The entire lineup was a game between more structured suiting, jackets and softer romantic tulle skirts and dresses in a color palette of white, black and red. The chiffon, embroidery and lace were a reminder of Chiuri’s Valentino background. There was a strong and bold social statement, a t shirt reading ‘We Should All Be Feminists’ was teamed with an embellished, deep navy, tulle skirt and trainers. See the entire collection below.