After London and Milan, it was also about time for Paris to showcase its resident designers’ AW 18 collections during some of the ironically coldest days of the past few seasons. Paris is both the home of timeless brand names from the fashion industry and the crib of haute couture so disappointment is extremely rare. In this fashion week, however, we did not see couture-ish ballroom gowns but some unquestionable forms of ready-to-wear. For example, the Dior AW18 was, among the others, one of the most wearable collections ever produced by the French Maison, the ultimate form of Pret-à-porter.
Tuesday saw, not only the Dior show taking place, but also the Saint Laurent one, and the two could not have been any more different one another. If the first one by Maria Grazia Chiuri continued projecting the image of an engaging personality, a strong yet sophisticated femininity, and a relaxed vibe overall, the second by Antony Vaccarello was all about sexy shapes and powerful attitudes inspired by the designer’s beloved era of the ‘80s disco.
As far as Dior goes, you can definitely forget about the iconic “new look” of Monsieur Christian: Maria Grazie continues her evolving strategy for the brand and its image. The Dior woman of today is no longer a merely beautiful and purposeless lady, but an emancipated feminine presence that isn’t afraid to fight for her beliefs on an everyday basis.
After the previous slogan-focused collections, the Dior AW 18 has shifted towards an even more comfortable and wearable ensemble of looks full of selling potential. The dress-down pieces met with Chiuri’s touch of the feminine within some beautiful thresholds and vibes of mature youth.
The collection is without any doubt inspired by the ‘60s and the style of the revolting students of the time who, especially in Paris, occupied cities and fought for a better world altogether.