Maria Grazia Chiuri, Artistic Director of Christian Dior, presented her Cruise 2019 collection at the Great Stables of the Domaine de Chantilly, where horses ran free and rain poured down.
Held under an open-air riding arena that doubled as a luxury tent, where female Mexican rodeo riders performed a stirring opening number set against the groovy music of Khruangbin. Fashion editors and other beautiful people were left absolutely shook when rain began to fall, inundating the first row, but like all great theatrical productions, the show went on. It's fashion as we like it!
With this parade, Maria Grazia Chuiri pays tribute to the escaramuzas, traditional Mexican riders who fought for the right to participate in the charreada - an equestrian practice of performing in public - in the same way as men. It is not only their strength of character but also their costume that made an impression: full embroidered skirts and big hats, that inspired the collection.
Models walked the catwalk with intent and style, sometimes cracking the occasional smile. Wearing a melange of jackets, coats, and ample, extravagant skirts, each silhouette was thinly accented by high-waisted belts. The classic Toile de Jouy, which is made in France, was given a modern touch thanks to the bold etching of wild animal figures. Accessories were truly major as well, from bags to boots and of course, the wide-brimmed straw hats courtesy of Stephen Jones.
Craftsmanship, transmission, and heritage are at the heart of this collection. The women represented are many: the ideal woman dreamt up long ago by Monsieur Dior, wild women of the Amazon, characters from the novel The House to the Spirits by Chilean author Isabel Allende, and celebrities who were in attendance. Overall, it was a beautiful cohesion of both masculine and feminine elements, which is Chiuri's specialty.