Dior brings a bold splash of color to Paris Fashion Week
Christian Dior showcased a flurry of colorful mini dresses with 60s and 70s flavors as the crowd returned to his hometown show during Paris Fashion Week.
Guests showing health cards on their cellphones were greeted by guards under the marquee in the Tuileries Gardens where onlookers gathered to watch the stream of arrivals, including K-pop star Jisoo. Dozens of brands will present their collections to an in-person audience in the French capital until October 5, closing a month that saw the return of fashion events filled with celebrities and screaming fans in New York, London and Milan after months of pandemic disruption.
“During the pandemic crisis, we made a lot of video films. I think it’s not the same, I think it’s completely different because fashion is something you do on stage”, Maria Grazia Chiuri, women’s clothing designer for the LVMH-owned label, said in an interview. The designer was inspired by the house’s collections under the creative leadership of Marc Bohan, known for modernizing styles by loosening silhouettes in the 1960s and 1970s. Chiuri traded in Dior’s iconic slim-fitting Bar jackets for short cuts and square, rounding the shoulders and pairing them with mini-skirts. She wove technical fabrics like diving gear, which added a sporty touch to the range of looks in contrasting colors matching tailored coats to dresses.
“I bring that reference in the silhouette, in the bold color and it’s also very graphic,” Chiuri said. The designer redesigned the era’s go-go boots and low-heeled Mary Jane shoes, offering them in hot pink and bright orange, with white laces and rubber soles.
The designs included neon leopard prints and pastel camouflages as well as animal images that were enlarged and applied with embroidery techniques. Models walked around a runway designed to resemble a board game and decorated with artwork by Rome-based artist Anna Paparatti that broadcast messages steeped in irony, such as “The Game of No -sense”.
“The essence of fashion is also a game, people use clothes to perform, to describe themselves, to have fun,” Chiuri said.
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