The Dior FW18 collection is for the young and fearless spirits, inspired by the past with strong relevance to today.
Maria Grazia Chiuri looked back to a time a half-century ago when ambitious thoughts and actions were placing the power and energy of youth center stage and influencing generations to come. Protests, social revolutions and female affirmation defined the 60’s and set the ball rolling into the following decades up to the present day.
The theme starts all the way with the façade of the venue which was decorated in newspaper cutouts and archival protest posters. This continued inside with floor to ceiling of manifestos, magazine covers, feminist slogans and once the audience took their seats, we saw a strong and ambitious Dior girls strutting down the runway in structured plaid suiting styled with slogan T-shirts and tartan pleated skirt worn with sheer shirts.
The feminist spirit was channeled in graffiti print dresses and separates as well as oversized knits adorned with piece signs and all paired with heavy duty boots and newspaper boy caps. Other hero pieces to note are patchwork cropped trousers, quilted boxy jackets in contrast prints, intensely red sunglasses and the return of the saddle bag.
What’s Dior’s message to women? You are unique, outspoken and powerful. Chiuri’s pieces are not for aimless trends and seasonal purchases, they have a story to tell and want you to go forth and conquer the world, which will be easier to do in a belted leather biker and silver wide leg trousers.
Watch how the set came together with the help of 150 people working on it for three weeks before the show.