This year Dior have given us a masterclass in simplicity and structure in their latest Spring – Summer collection. Showing in the beautiful gardens of Musee Rodin, Maria Grazia Chuiri, paid homage to the artisans of India, their art, embroidery and traditions. Deceptively simple designs in a muted palette of black, ivory, ecru, spun gold and silvery grey were calming and the essence of womanly elegance. Spied watching on in the front row were Rosamund Pike, Claire Foy, Lady Amelia Windsor, Beatrice Borromeo, Cara Delevingne and Pierre Casiraghi.
The backdrop for the fashion show was the work of two Indian artists – Madhvi and Manu Parekh. Their large scale artworks were embroidered by the Chanakaya School of Craft in Mumbai. They were colourful and oversized making the perfect foil for the beautiful designs to come.
The first design on the catwalk gave a nod to one of Maria’s enduring themes ‘ The Circus ‘. It featured a draped, one shouldered acrobatic bodysuit which was embroidered in a geometrical pattern of crystal and jet bugle beads.This glorious bodysuit was paired with sparkling bedazzled tights. Bodysuits were dotted throughout the runway show. One shoulder looks also featured heavily. Beautiful embroidery and beading featured in many looks.
A neat jacket, giving a nod to the famous Dior ‘ Bar Jacket ‘, was covered in pave iridescent elements tempered with old gold threads and micro sequins. Long dresses showed a purity of line with silk crepe fabric, that had been effortlessly tucked into bands sweeping around the bust and necks to tie at the back with an architectural touch.
Soft tailoring gave a fluid ease of movement. Movement was also found in the volume of many of the long dresses.The clothes were deceptively simple and I loved the pairings with embellished Mary Janes. White eyeliner on the models was another interesting touch.
A perfectly tailored coat in a soft ecru with embellishment was one to covet and I loved the regal gowns in sheer and tulle. Separates were a feature, as were pleats, capes and ladylike silhouettes. Suiting was so well cut and timeless. To me the collection signified a femininity with strength.
This collection contained everything I love: structure, sequins, embellishment and a gorgeous muted palette plus some dramatic black.The limited colour palette used formed a cohesive and covetable collection with timeless pieces that would earn their place in any woman’s wardrobe. To see the magical Dior Haute Couture Spring – Summer 2022 you can watch the gallery below.
Freelance writer, wife and mother of three sons, occasional supply teacher and aspiring romance author, Michelle Beesley can be most often found in a coffee shop chatting with friends or beside a rugby field cheering on her favourite teams.
Michelle is a prolific—albeit reluctant—traveller, keen walker, bookworm and yoga enthusiast who loves anything pink or sparkly (including champagne!).