Spring-Summer 2023 Ready-to-Wear Show
Online on September 27th at 9:00 a.m. (EST)
Each Maria Grazia Chiuri collection is designed to open up room for the inventive imagination. For this Dior spring-summer 2023 ready-to-wear défilé, the Creative Director of Dior women’s lines notably uses the image of a map of Paris from the House's archives, printed on the back of a scarf and structured around the Avenue Montaigne*.
The architecture of dreams
Between illusion and mystery, shade and light, Maria Grazia Chiuri creates a wardrobe of hypnotizing, sovereign elegance, inspired by the figure of Catherine de Medicis. The stylistic emblems of the Court, such as corsets or crinolines, are structured with sportswear details. Trenches are reinvented, combining the volume of baroque costumes with the iconic Dior silhouette. Deepest black contrasts with the purity of white; a palette of soft colors sublimated by the lightness of long shirts and skirts gliding with grace. Celebrating the virtuosity of needlework, different techniques of embroidery and indeed crochet interact with raw, almost organic materials – like raffia – punctuating the looks with a touch of contemporary couture. A dream-like image of a winter garden, at once dark and scintillating, the floral prints convey the vitality of the vegetal world, embellishing dresses, pants and coats with new poetic force. An ode to the potency of fashion as an expression of feminine power.
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Combined with delicately embroidered knee-highs, the shoes pay tribute to Catherine de Medicis, who intiated heels to fashion. Pumps, ballerinas and ankle boots are enhanced with platforms and multiple straps, emphasizing the silhouette – from ankle to knee. Exalting the immeasurable savoir-faire of the Ateliers, long gloves in chiseled leather – as if transformed into mesh – accentuate the allure with a sensual aura, while finely crafted chokers, dangly earrings and necklaces adopt the opulence and timeless elegance of Renaissance baroque jewelry.
© Morgan O'Donovan