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There isn't a mountain high enough for Maria Grazia Chiuri as she climbs up the hill of fashion’s main event. With nostalgia in her eyes, the designer reinterprets 1961’s Marc Bohan’s Slim Look collection and summarises the history of the firm’s early years. Focused on colour blocking, the Spring/Summer 2022 collection brings the French House a nice spin from its last year chiaroscuro collection

With past references to arts and crafts, Dior takes a spin with a Mary Quantesque collection. From its silhouettes from the collection’s juxtaposition of their iconic white shirts to a fashioned female boxer. Dior’s new collection brings a playful outlook to their brand, taking into account the set design created by Anna Paparetti is a nod to the Italian game of Il Quadro di Tosi. Walking clockwise, models showcased a variety of green, raspberry, red, navy and orange garments to twist and shout to question, in words of the artist, “The rules of art and life.”

After 2 reflective years and with nightclubs reopening around the world, it only seems natural to be taken on that ‘magic carpet ride’ with sparkly dresses and mod shoes. Hence why it all points out to a future fulfilled with a sense of freedom and fun which has been long seen. All of that, mixed with 3D designs which bring volume. Dior winks at us, holds our hand and lead us towards the world of clubs as Le Palace in Paris or the Piper Club in Rome.

The collection also works as a reminiscence of Dior’s own history as an institution as its Creative Director travels down the early years of the 1960s decade on what we found ourselves wondering if it will be the power-house direction not only for this Spring/Summer 2022 collection, but other collections that we may see on the near future. Is the recreation of the past a one-time thing? Will we do the complete tour through the brand’s most iconic eras?

With boxy cut jackets that keep getting longer and longer and skirts getting shorter and shorter, the Maison shifts from its usual hour-glass confections towards straight, geometrical shapes. No matter whether we’re playing tennis, going to work or catching up with some friends, Dior demands us to become the best Jackie Kennedy we can be. What do you say?

Maria Antón
Nhu Xuan Hua

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