It’s always such an honour to attend a Dior show and I still remember my very first one so vividly, so after so many months in lockdown, I was incredibly excited to be reunited with my Dior family and attend Christian Dior’s Fall 2021 Couture show today. While the digital experiences from last year were also amazing (of course!), nothing will ever beat the feeling of a live show for me; to be completely absorbed by the atmosphere and see all of the intricate details of each piece first-hand details is incomparable. As always, Dior surpassed all expectations, kicking off my couture week experience in the best possible way!
Maria Grazia Chiuri pushed the boundaries of Dior’s aesthetic and brand once again. The renowned designer often combines the art and fashion worlds together within her collections and has even collaborated with artists in the past. This season was no different, featuring work from Eva Jospin with a series of large scale embroidered silk panels that acted as a stunning backdrop to the show.
It was interesting to see a variety of moods and themes throughout the collection and I have broken down some of the looks that really caught my eye on Dior’s Fall 2021 Couture runway.
HOUNDSTOOTH X TWEED
With a focus on heavy tweeds and houndstooth, it was clear to see that texture and fabrication play a hugely important part within this collection. Although monochromatic the clever play on scale, layering of various patterns and addition of chic caps and leather accents is a really fun and interesting way to blend print and weave variations together.
Dior is well known for the iconic ‘Bar Jacket’ (an investment piece I would always highly recommend if you’re looking for a timeless blazer with the most flattering silhouette). I really liked the new take this season, particularly the total cream look with slightly cropped, puffed sleeves and smaller lapels.
It was also interesting to see their rendition of the rain jacket too. This year they mixed things up by incorporating heavier wools and interesting large pocket details. Who can spot the new bag too?! It’s a super feminine, gorgeous style that reminds me of classic 1950’s style snap closure bags.
Mesh detailing always seems to be introduced somewhere within the collection as it adds a slight edge to feminine looks such as those with delicate silk and tulle skirts. I particularly love the mix with the wool peplum tapered high waisted trousers pictured below and think it would be cool to see what this would look like paired with some chunky black leather biker boots for day-to-day dressing.
A Dior Couture show would not be complete without a stunning selection of gowns. These three sheer dresses below were some of my absolute faves, the fabric has been meticulously draped in all of the right places creating dramatic yet effortless and almost ethereal movement as the models walked by.
Alongside sheer fabrics, pleats and origami-style diamond pleats that have been constructed in the fabric (as shown in the metallic gold lamé dress) offered amazing movement and interest to the gowns as it created an almost 3D illusion. I loved the dramatic v-necklines too and could imagine layering necklaces too to create an even more indulgent look.
FEATHERS X TEXTURE
Lastly, the feather detail on the two dresses below was simply spectacular! The stunning veil on the finale dress is a statement enough in itself and made the already fantastical dress all the more enchanting.
Merci beaucoup Dior for a wonderful Couture show! <3
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