PARIS, PROTEST and PATCHWORK
5 Things from Dior’s Autumn/Winter 18 Show
The set encapsulated feminism. Inspired by the 1968 student protest in Paris. The floors, walls and seats were plastered with feminist posters, the most noticeable and largest white with black writing reading: ‘I Am Woman’.
The mirrored ceiling delivered the full impact of the set. The show was said to not only celebrate feminism but the youth of today. Indeed the 1968 inspiration for the set and collection was indeed feminist. Nonetheless, the Parisian students of the 1968 protests were also rebelling against issues such as bourgeois conservatism, capitalism and consumerism – we wonder if Dior could ever challenge these within their future shows…
The sixties was a decade of protest, social revolution and female affirmation, setting a ball rolling into the following decades and up to the present day. Stay tuned to discover how the defiant energy of those times has been channeled into the Dior Autumn-Winter 2018-2019 collection by #MariaGraziaChiuri! #DiorAW18
The show opened with a slogan upon a jumper modelled by Ruth Bell translates to ‘It’s no, no, no and no’. This powerful message is as relevant in the current climate as it was in 1968.
“We have to listen to women, to hear what is the point of view of women now, of the new generation.” Maria Grazia Chiuri, The Guardian
Dior’s first female creative director Maria Grazia Chiuri opened the spring/summer 17 with the iconic tee ‘We Should All Be Feminists’ and has run with this successful theme. Which seems to cleverly fit in with the upcoming International Women’s Day.
Communicating the swinging sixties through the style and trends of the collection we could not help but fall in love with the multi-coloured patchwork fabric. Used in a variety of garments including trousers, boots, coat, skirt and dress. The patchwork was not just an array of colours, but also a mix of fabrics and patterns. With exposed detailing stitch all we can think about is Joseph’s Technicolour Dream coat.
With every look down the runway accessorised with a hat and sunglasses, we are unsure whether this was a disguise or a look. The hats were all the generic Baker Boy style that has been a massive trend for the past few years.
However, they were not all that boring. Dior made a twist on the classic look by attaching material to the bottom of the hat exposing the face but covering the head and neck, this look we liked a lot. Moreover appearing on thirty-seven of the sixty-one looks of the show was the new, similar to Gucci buckled belts, the new Dior ‘D’ buckled belts. This will evidently be a wardrobe staple for the Dior consumers.
The Adwoa Effect
Closing the show was none other than the founder of Gurls Talk, a platform for females to talk and listen, Adwoa Aboah. Obviously being a feminist within the fashion industry it was relevant for her to close this femme powered fashion show. Nonetheless, Adwoa, Model of the Year 2017 has been everywhere this fashion month, a very busy girl!