Formerly of Valentino, Maria Grazia Chiuri marked her first outing as Dior’s new creative director for the French label’s spring-summer 2017 runway show. Her vision was distinctly set apart from the in-house design team and even Raf Simons before her. The designer was inspired by the uniform of the female fencer for a number of jackets and tops featuring exquisite quilted detail paired with cropped, capri-length trousers.
For the lighter side, Chiuri focused on airy skirts and gowns made of tulle, silk chiffon and georgette. Gowns are embroidered with zodiac signs–the house’s founder is known for his love of the mysticism. And still there were even more unexpected touches like branded straps and sandals as well as a t-shirt that reads: “we should all be feminists” or “dior(revolution).