For the start of Paris Fashion Week, Dior showed its Fall/Winter 2018 collection today at Musée Rodin. Powerful and thought-provoking, the show’s primary star was its Bureau Betak-designed set—one that took over 150 people to create over three weeks. Creatively clad with protest messages, the immersive environment was a smart collage of slogans, magazine and newspaper cutouts, famous political quotes, and more—all geared to gender equality.
The set was a nod to the 1960s (and a friendly reminder of resistance and its effectiveness), and it quite literally set the stage for what came next: A striking show opening with a knit sweater that read “C’est Non Non et Non!” (which is “It’s no no and no!” in English). For the collection overall, Artistic Director Maria Grazia Chiuri drew inspiration from the late Diana Vreeland, while communicating a take-charge attitude, its many symbolic references, and the true search for authenticity.
Reflecting that search, we saw embroideries appearing on organza dresses, reworked jeans, and bags inspired by the archive. Amongst those key details, we also saw an array of not-to-miss shapes and free-spirited vibes in items like fluid ponchos and crochet dresses. Dresses were shortened, paired with the thigh-high boots of a biker; ornamentation made a point to be noticed; and accessories (like tinted sunglasses, bracelets, and wide belts) complemented sturdy and sleek footwear, and the black newsboy hat that topped each look.
For the seasons ahead, regardless of sunny skies or gloomy nights, Dior knows one thing for sure: We’ve got the power to object, and we’ve got the power to change.