Designed throughout this turbulent year, Maria Grazia Chiuri’s Fall 2021 collection celebrates the beauty of Paris; the hometown of the House.
Chiuri’s design process began with the emblematic leopard print trench created by Christian Dior in the 1950s. This was a design favoured by one of the founders muses Mizza Bricard: “I felt that her remarkable character, her inimitable extravagances of taste, would have an excellent effect on the phlegmatic temperament which I had inherited from my Norman forebears,” Monsieur Dior wrote about her in his autobiography.
This collection opens a new chapter in Chiuri’s designs for the House. It feels somewhat more playful, young, fresh and free with a “pop attitude”. Bright colours, bold prints and shiny materials were a nod to the pop aesthetics of Italian fashion designer Elio Fiorucci. This is combined with the sounds, rhythms, and colours derived from the K-pop phenomenon, the all-female group Blackpink, which highlights the importance of singularity, both on stage and in real life.
The collection is shaped by a transversal Pop philosophy, from Richard Hamilton’s English Pop to Marco Lodola’s rather acidic New Futurism, and Andy Warhol’s psychedelia revisiting the Renaissance paintings of Paolo Uccello.
A series of white T-shirts bearing multiple cuts and prints symbolize a space where the imagination can roam freely. The millefleurs motif appears in printed silk velvets with an iridescent sheen. Lace is dressed in tie-dye which makes a return for this season after its appearance in the Cruise 21 collection. Embroideries are adorned with giant sequins, mirror discs with a stroboscopic surface.
Many classic Dior staples return in this collection including the Bar Jacket as well as anoraks shirt dresses and coats.
This colourful and young offering is exactly what we all need throughout dark times. See more below: