Dior Cruise 2018: when Maria Grazia Chiuri went to Calabasas
Yesterday, Maria Grazia Chiuri staged her first Dior cruise show in the Santa Monica Mountains in California. Dior’s creative director candidly admitted that the location inspire the collection -photos of Georgia O’Keeffe by Ansel Adams, Cecil Beaton and Philippe Halsman were all over Chiuri’s mood board too- which was flush with handcrafted details, artisanal touches — fur, shearling, feathers, fringe — and rich desert colors that gave it more depth than her previous efforts for Dior. The primary silhouette was nipped at the waist with a full midi skirt and chicly rugged hiking boots that epitomized the show’s dress code notice. In addition to elaborately embroidered dresses and jumpsuits there are moto jackets and piles of jewelry — woven logo bracelets and tribal pieces.
Maria Grazia obliged house heritage by finding a concrete California connection to Monsieur Dior, who visited San Francisco in 1947, and a more tenuous tie to the look she wanted to pursue: Dior’s 1951 Ovale line. It included prints inspired by the primitive etchings in the Lascaux cave in Southwestern France, which Chiuri reworked for cruise. “For me, I found it close to L.A.,” she said to Vogue of Monsieur Dior’s designs. “You think L.A. and you think Hollywood, Oscars, the red carpet, but honestly I feel people love this place because you feel in contact with the natural elements.” “At the end, what I would like to say is that women ought to feel in contact with nature, ought to feel in contact with themselves and should be able to dress themselves in a way that’s really playful” she added to WWD.