Blue Is the Warmest Colour on Dior’s Autumn Runway
"What is your favourite shade of blue?" Dior guests were asked as they found their seats at the Musée Rodin for Dior's Autumn 2017 show. The answer didn't matter, not when Maria Grazia Chirui — who has found her calling at the French fashion house — dyed her runway every shade of the mystifying colour. She was inspired by Christian Dior himself, who once said, "Among all the colours, navy blue is the only one which can ever compete with black, it has all the same qualities."
So if her last RTW collection impressed us with a palette of black and white and spots of red, you can only imagine the standing ovation Maria Grazia Chirui received for Autumn. The proof was in the pudding, as they say, or in this case, the versatile lineup of trench coats, parka dresses, over-the-knee boots, and pleated culottes we could live in every day. Even the sweatshirts had a functional, fresh, feminine pull: a belt tied around the waist, right above an emblem of text: "Christian Dior."
Of course, when you think of your best blue fabrics, denim comes into play. And Dior ladies like Jennifer Lawrence, who prefer to stay casual, will pair the roomy boyfriend jeans and dungarees with the leather berets that topped every single look. But if that all seems mundane, just wait until you lay eyes on the fuzzy ombré jumpers and checked trousers, and then the A-line midis Maria Grazia Chirui made famous.
For the girls who were enamoured by last season's sheer, chiffon skirts which allowed a flash of lingerie — many of them such as Sienna Miller, Karlie Kloss, and Olivia Palermo sitting front row — the trend is still in full effect. But this time, fishnet tights, sequins, and plenty of twinkling crystal embellishments come into play. Gold embroidery swirled us out to space on the picturesque finale gowns, some offered in velvet and even tweed.
Finally, it should be mentioned that not one model held onto a bag. Instead, her crossbody was securely strapped around the shoulder, much like a suffragist ribbon. "We should all be feminists," the message behind Maria Grazia Chiuri's Spring 2017 presentation, echoed in our heads as the women marched down the runway, a beautiful, blurring stampede of blue.