Runway Report: Christian Dior SS19

Christian Dior is continuously one of those shows that the world waits for with bated breath, and with the SS19 collection they showed us why. Held in a black box with overbearing natural light, the day seeped through the skylight and allowed onlookers to enjoy the climate occurring outside. If the aesthetic wasn’t enough to keep us entertained, Maria Grazia Chiuri incorporated a modernist dance piece, choreographed by Tel Aviv–based Sharon Eyal and performed by her and eight other dynamic dancers from her company. When asked about the marrying of dance and fashion, Maria commented, “I think that dance and fashion are very close, for they both speak about the body.” She added, “Modern choreographers speak about freedom.”

The runway was strewn with pastel-hued rose petals, like the trail of a wedding aisle, while models glided elegantly down. The palette of choice was a cascading ombre of natural nudes, garden greens, earthy beiges, and a healthy amount of navy and strong black. An asymmetrical, tulle-tiered dress was adorned with red rose petals within the fabric while layers of printed, sheer silk fell to the ankles. The revival of the Dior Saddle Bag has everyone a little stir crazy – but can you blame us? A mini, cross-body version was upgraded with an embellished statement strap and constructed in the same vintage monogram of once upon a time.

Some 87 looks later and the ethereal show came to a close. A sheer, blush nude, long sleeve gown with a layered, mille-feuille skirt floated down the runway as the light caught the glisten of the tulle. It’s not an unknown fact that time stands still while the Dior show happens, but the SS19 showcase was like frozen clocks inside of a romantic, enchanted forest where nature and nurture came to life.

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Sabi Datoo-Lalji is a British Fashion Editor and Consultant living in Chelsea, NYC. When she isn't dreaming about Valentino Rock Studs, Sabi can be found practicing yoga and finding zen-like havens for her blog (www.zenandthecity.net) Follow her whimsicle footprint on Twitter & Instagram @sabidatoolalji