Defined by the elegance of dance, Maria Grazia Chiuri’s Spring 2019 Women’s collection for Dior explores new territory for the renowned fashion house. Chiuri describes the femininity of the collection as fragile, but strong at the same time, just like the modern woman. For spring, Chiuri took a step towards a more casual, athleisure focused direction by including jersey separates in the collection. Nevertheless, the clothes still read elegant, graceful and refined. “We are living in a revolutionary right moment now. This is a new time when fashion should support women, not control them. Dance can show how things can be different. At this revolutionary time, a great house like Dior has to be aware of the change happening all around,” explains Chiuri.
The presentation of the show was set in the Longchamp Racecourse black box in Paris with choreographer Sharon Eyal and eight other dancers performing an enchanting piece as models flowed into the arena in the midst of falling confetti. Semi-sheer pleated tulle skirts lay over silk body suits creating volume and drama to the ballet inspired looks. Each look highlighted the movement and beauty of the body with fluid shapes alluding to neo grecian silhouettes with their body skimming draping. Churi asserted her signature style with hints of tribal prints and a soft tie-dye, two key trends this season. Aside from abstract prints, romantic nudes and pastels melded into darker hues on an array of traditional ballet staples including jumpsuits and leotards, leggings, tank tops, tulle skirts and dresses.
The footwear was just as interesting as the clothes, one shoe featured a soft sole and neoprene wrap with grosgrain ribbon, and is available in both a covered and sandaled version. Some also had a transparent perspex wedge heel, giving the illusion that models too were gracefully walking en pointe. Of course, sneakers were part of the lineup as well — inspired by a mashup of jazz flats and athletic trainers for a sleek addition to the sneaker world.