While the past few Dior collections have been shown in grandiose nature – the circus-style showcase, the ballerina dance extravaganza – Maria Grazia Chiuri went in a more conceptual direction with a focus on symbolism for Fall/Winter 2019, surprising us yet again. She also paid homage to historical dissidents such as post-war Teddy Girls, activist artists, and Yves Saint Laurent (whose Dior legacy includes a menswear-inspired leather jacket). With feminist slogan tees and an overarching theme for progress and those who fought for it, Chiuri’s sentiments were echoed across the garments. And while they made a moving statement, it was the accessories that really brought the message home.
Kitten heels with socks, ‘Saddle’ belt bags, and monogrammed bucket hats by iconic milliner Stephen Jones strutted down the runway – all speaking to style that doesn’t lack in comfort. Between the wide leather belts, pearl chokers, and logo-accented bags, the collection clearly had no shortage of Insta-worthy items either. These are pieces for women who crave functionality and high fashion, who love accessibility with a side of luxury. And with themes of sisterhood woven throughout the collection, it is tailor-made for today’s socially aware woman.
Where we saw the most creativity was in the belting structure of the iconic ‘Saddle’ bag. After its reintroduction last year, it has become a wardrobe staple for many a fashion girl who will be coveting this new iteration. Along with the ‘Saddle’, the ‘Book’ tote – another favorite – also made an appearance in a variety of monograms and buffalo checks. We even spotted one adorned with the Union Jack.
Sending a powerful message through her work, Chiuri once again found a way to merge past and present, to link the brand’s DNA with contemporary themes, thereby producing accessories that we’ll undoubtedly see on every “It” girl come fall.