Where do the lines of art and fashion blur? When does a runway show become more then a showcase of a new collection? I’m not just speaking about a designer who puts crazy designs on the models just to garner attention whether it is good or bad. I’ve seen some of my favorite fashion houses fall lately to more shock value designs thinking that the uglier the outfits the more attention it will get, falling into the “all press is good press” idea.
However, the Dior spring show could not have been more opposite! This show was a true blending of art and fashion. It wasn’t a fashion show; it was a symphony of dance, inspiration, emotions and the female form.
From the start, the show was dramatic with a dancer that was met by another dancer and a cascade of models in what is now typical Dior designs. The head design Maria Grazia Chiuir has stripped down some of that essential femininity that Dior was known for and molded into a more utilitarian form. From simplistic colors and cuts with multi layers but, don’t be fooled the tailoring is 100% Dior perfection.
Maria was inspired by dance, the movement of the body and from the start of the show that was translated. The smoky ambiances made it have a dream like feel and the waterfall of petals that fell the entire time was a magical touch. The interwoven movement of the dancers and models was perfectly choreographed. I had to watch the show more than once to soak it all in. There was simply so much for the senses to take in visually!
At times I wanted to take in the dance, this rhythmic movement that pulsed like a beating organism but then you’d see the model seamless walk though the dancers and you’d think, the fashion look at that!
So let’s talk about the fashion…
Lots of fabrics in pale skin tones were dominating, from full length knitted ombré capes paired with military cross body bags (features in my illustration above) to tons of military inspiration jackets tailored in a classic Dior style. Classic Dior lace silhouettes but tailored in a suiting way that gave structure and confidence.
Ballet Slippers Forward!
Ballet shoes from flats, mini heels and even open toe ballet style were what every model had on. We saw different versions and colors but make note that ballet inspired shoes will be a staring trend this spring.
And the saddlebag was also all over the runway. We saw a very slim almost envelope like version (good luck fitting more than your iPhone in it) but who needs more than that when you are draped in head to toe Dior!
Sparkling like a ghostly mirage in a dreamlike landscape the dresses emerged at the end of the show!!!
The dresses where layered with flesh colored sheer shirts under them. They were like a Smokey dream of a pattern with soft tones of purples, pinks, greens and blues. Then they were coated in a glimmering sheen. Other dresses included long sheer gowns with the sheer boxy under garment look Dior has started.
It has been a long time since I saw a show this captivating. Whether or not the fashion spoke to you, you have to applaud the showmanship that the house of Dior is always able to put on. They always bring a true value of art and craftsmanship into each runway show. That is why Dior shows are some of my favorite to watch and if you have a chance to watch some documentaries on the fashion house I recommend starting with, “Dior and I”. It shows you how many people it takes to produce just one season. I love seeing all the artisans it takes just to make one look come to life!