Runway Report: Christian Dior Couture Fall 2017

As the 70th anniversary of Christian Dior manifested into couture week reality, the House debuted their haute couture collection, for the Autumn 2017 season, under the direction of Maria Grazia Chiuri. Hotel des Invalides hosted the collection, whilst Musee des Arts Decoratifs hosted a major exhibition showcasing the work of Dior’s designers, for the House’s anniversary.

A 1953 illustration by Albert Decaris, depicting Monsieur Dior’s trips pointed the way this season- a collection to address all types of women in all countries. Exotic foliage and stylized wooden animals paved the scene for a travel-themed collection. Chiuri declared her intention to “make the inspiration only about Mr. Dior, to make an homage to Mr. Dior.” As Mr. Dior traveled habitually with his collections, around the world, it seemed rather appropriate to function the theme of travel as homage to the House’s foundation.

The semblance of travel was realized in a number of eveningwear pieces, including velvet bustier gowns and a graceful, pleated wrapdress. Chiuri sought to diversify the constant silhouette, and reverted to men’s tailoring on women. A jumpsuit designed in wool herringbone, with oversized, functional pockets as detailing, will most certainly appeal to the power women Dior by Maria Grazia Chiuri often represents. Burdened menswear fabrics were seemingly unexpected for a couture collection, but remained intriguing. Midi-length coats and silk velvet dresses walked the collection, with dramatic portrait necklines. Chiuri’s velvet patchwork coat, styled atop a feather gown proved for an exceptional visualization.

Maria Grazia Chiuri has displayed her constant inclination to run hard with a them, since her arrival at the helm of Christian Dior. Collections built around singular concepts, fashioned by a precise construction and execution.

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Jennifer Paccione is a fashion editor who shares her time between New York City and Milan. She has been featured and published with respected magazines internationally in various languages. She currently acts as contributing editor for publications including Bulgari Magazine, The Fashionable Lampoon, Fashion to Max and RedMilk Magazine, whilst having contributed for NYLON and Editorialist. Alongside journalism, Jennifer freelances as a social media and digital marketing advisor, having already worked with brands such as Dolce & Gabbana, Alberta Ferretti and Philosophy, among many. Follow her on Instagram @jenniferpaccione