Christian Dior Spring/Summer 2017 Haute Couture

The labyrinth; irregular, almost impenetrable, like a secret garden. This is the image that inspired Maria Grazia Chiuri, Artistic Director of the women's collections for the house of Dior, for her first Haute Couture season.


Painstakingly embellished and impeccably tailored, Christian Dior couture gowns have always been the epitome of high end fashion, and former Valentino designer Maria Grazia Chiuri has left her imprint to the label with a collection that is undoubtedly romantic and dreamy.


Maria Grazia Chiuri perceived her adventure into the heart of the Dior world as being similar to entering a labyrinth, the way sprinkled with the flowers, plants and allegorical images that form part of the iconography of these places but at the same time, reference the imagination of Christian Dior who wrote of them: "After women, flowers are the most divine of creations. They are so delicate and charming, but they must be used carefully." There were many wedding-worthy dresses in this collection, including soft feminine ivory and pink tulle gowns to dramatic and opulent intricately embellished white frocks. The colours were subtle and natural influenced by dewy hues of a forest in spring, and a blurry effect was created by adding extra translucent layers on top of elaborate embellishments.


The collection was showcased in the gardens of the Musée Rodin where the moss-covered catwalk was in the shape of a green maze full of twists and turns which was spectacularly reflected in the mirrored ceiling. This surreal ambience was the perfect setting for the line-up of fantasy-inspired creations which begun with minimalistic monochrome looks and ended with a spectacular array of ball gowns. The dresses were adorned with the most intricate embroideries and hand-sewn appliques. Floral and butterfly motifs were featured in accessories such as headpieces and jewellery. Darker motifs such as snakes and spider webs appeared in the collection that reflected both good and evil forces from Chiuri’s imaginary world.


The hair and make-up perfectly complemented each of the looks. The models all had a flawless complexion with pink flushed cheeks. We loved the addition of the stars whcih were applied on the cheek bones or on the inner corner of each eye. The lips looked natural with a layer of Dior Addict Lacquer Abricot base. The hair was wavy, loose and effortlessly fastened in place, and headpieces were colourful and flamboyant, made of feathers and bright blooms.

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