“Among all the colours, navy blue is the only one which can ever complete with black, it has all the same qualities.” wrote Christian Dior in The Little Dictionary of Fashion, published in 1954.
Maria Grazia Chiuri’s second Ready-to-Wear collection for Dior was inspired by one of Monsieur Dior’s favourite colours: blue, which in the show notes say is: “the colour symbol of power, beauty and spirituality, is employed for genderless outfits and to express differences.”
Enthused by the Chevrier look from Dior’s Haute Couture Autumn-Winter 1949 collection, Chiuri presented bomber jackets and capes which revisited the original hood through a more modern attitude.
White bandanas were found on every seat in the Musée Rodin as part of the Business of Fashion’s #TiedTogether movement making a clear statement in support of solidarity, unity and inclusiveness. The bandanas were embroidered with the words of novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: “Feminist: a person who believes in the social, political, and economic equality of the sexes.”
Bustier dresses, velvet dresses, tulle gowns embroidered with swirling constellations, navy knitwear and denim boiler suits featured in the collection. Chiuri catered for every type of woman showcasing both daywear and evening wear; feminine and tomboyish looks.
Fishnet tights and navy and black gingham confirm that the two popular trends of SS17 are going to last into the colder months of autumn and winter.
The revolutionary beret – the ultimate epitome of Parisian chic – made an iconic appearance. Maria Grazia Chiuri accompanied all 68 looks with a black leather beret by milliner Stephen Jones.
House muse Rihanna sat front row wearing the new season look including a black leather beret. Among her were A-listers Alicia Keys, Sienna Miller, Kate Moss and Rosamund Pike. Anna Wintour was also present. Models wore minimum make-up and their hair in perfectly loose waves. Fernanda Ly stood out with her stunning candy-floss-pink hair.