Wild Dior West

Maria Grazia Chiuri, first ever female creative director of Christian Dior, made an extensive research of the brand’s history before setting up the Sauvage-themed Cruise Show in Santa Monica Mountains. Why California, you ask? Well, Ms. Chiuri was quite candid while discussing that the location was actually chosen before she stepped foot in Dior. However, when presented with the location, she instantly visited the house’s archives and came across the 1951 collection inspired by ancient cave paintings discovered in southwestern France a decade earlier. ‘For me, I found it close to L.A.’, she said of Dior’s designs. ‘You think L.A. and you think Hollywood, Oscars, the red carpet, but honestly I feel people love this place because you feel in contact with the natural elements.’

Little House on the Prairie meets Wild Wild West, that would be the most adequate description of the newest cruise collection for 2018. The designer reproduced the original sketches she found at the archives and used different materials, patterns and shapes to create the new New Look. What was more than noticeable throughout the entire collection was the influence of Georgia O’Keeffe‘s work. Maria Grazia visited the recently opened exhibition of the late artist’s work at the Brooklyn Museum and linked the magic of two worlds- art and fashion– into one perfectly assembled collection. Femininity meets feminism, lace meets leather, South meets West.  Flowing skirts and rigid ponchos, basic T-shirts, printed with Noble’s tarot illustrations, laced up boots, colorful and ruffled dresses. Why tarot? Well, FYI Mr. Dior was a known as a great lover of tarot. As for O’Keeffe, milliner Stephen Jones’s parson’s hats were dead ringers for the topper the artist wore, and a double-face cashmere coat in black with white arabesques evoked her famous ram’s head paintings. Coats in the waisted, midi-length silhouette so associated with O’Keeffe were among the show’s subtlest and chicest pieces. Bead-embroidered easy denim looks numbered among the other highlights, along with several ethereally pretty prairie dresses.

This was one of the most anticipated collections of the cruise season, and it certainly lived up to the expectations. Did we miss the famous logo? Of course not. Scroll down and look it up! A hint: It’s in the straps.

Photo Credit: Vogue

Cover Photo Credit: LVMH