Maria Grazia Chiuri has been inspired by dance for her sixth ready – to – wear collection for Dior. Her collection embodies the movement and encapsulates the words and feelings of famous dancers. The dancing theme brought a fluidity and beauty to the Dior Spring/ Summer 2019 show.
Guests at the Longchamps race track were greeted by slogans from famous dancers which adorned the minimalist structure purpose- built for the event. Dancers opened the show and danced throughout, performing a new work from Israeli choreographer, Sharon Eyal. In the words of Isadora Duncan “ Dance is the movement of the universe concentrated in an individual.” I was entranced when thousands of colourful rose petals came falling from the ceiling creating a carpet of petals on which the models could showcase the star of the show- the fashion.
The dance motif enabled Dior to create layered looks using bodysuits as a base. The body suits were covered by lovely, lyrical drapes, mesh, pleats, tulle skirts and Roman goddess looks for a pretty, sometimes edgy, take on the dance theme.
The show opened with Selena Frost gliding along the rose petal runway in a black column dress. There was plenty of black, lots of pink in blush and vintage rose and greens of every hue from sage to mint plus olive and khaki. White layered dresses were fresh and appealing and wisps of tulle and sheer floating off one shoulder on the necklines on many dresses was a favourite look for me.
For day there was a nod to the New Look with precision cut blazers in navy, khaki and olive cinched at the waist with signature belts. These were often teamed with floaty skirts and accessorised with Dior cross body bags. There were pants aplenty in fluid drapes, culottes styled with tailored shirts and jackets plus relaxed printed pants in navy, black and white. The ballet theme continued in the footwear with laced and ribboned shoes a feature.
Subtle florals were beautiful and some of the colours muted into one another. There was a hint of yellow, gold and taupe and my favourite daisy motif appeared. An oriental look came into daywear with khaki and navy embroidered with lilac, yellow and black.
Standouts for me were the floaty dresses in sheer and floral, soft pink and nude Grecian dresses. I loved the navy and black full skirted dress with draping tulle from one shoulder. It reminded me a little of the ‘Lisette’ dress from the movie- Ladies In Black. The three dimensional white skirt sporting thousands of petals would make any woman want to twirl, as would the muted rainbow coloured full pleated skirts with mesh and tulle. The darker floral dresses with a bit of sparkle were also very pretty.
The Front Row
Spotted in the front row were actor- Blake Lively sporting her own whimsical layered ensemble with shades of silver, grey and a muted mustard pattern. Her fresh make up and bouncy locks were refreshing. Supergirl star, actress, singer and dancer Melissa Benoist nailed the Spring vibe with a crisp white shirt and long flower- embroidered skirt. Actress and model Angelbaby added an air of mystery and chic with her blaze of black tulle. Fashion entrepreneur-Chiara Ferragni wowed in head to toe Dior sporting shades of grey, white and black and a perfectly toned sage bag.
So many looks to choose from and with ready to wear you want to have a great choice. There were so many that I would wear in my everyday life it was hard to choose my favourites. I know I’ll be looking for culottes and tulle, a floaty floral dress plus a stylish cross body bag to complete my looks for Spring/Summer. To me Maria Grazia Chuiri just gets women and what we want to wear in our everyday life. Some days you feel like wearing a floral dress, on others you want an edge wearing black mesh and sometimes you want the figure hugging cinched waist or a relaxed weekend look. Dior has danced its way into my heart once again with the Spring and Summer Looks for 2019 and the best part is that I live in Australia and can begin giving a nod to these fresh looks right now. J’adore Dior.