Paris Fashion Week kick-off with one of the biggest events of the week: the Dior fall 2022. While no one could keep their eyes off Rihanna’s mind-blowing pregnancy look, the collection felt equally shapeshifting.
Cover photo: courtesy of Dior
Dior fall 2022
Dior wouldn’t be Dior if the show’s setting didn’t contain a relevant message. Double-eyed women were looking down at the audience, referencing the mixed feelings concerning the current state of the world. On the one hand, it felt strange to celebrate fashion, while a war just started a couple of days earlier. On the other hand, we must not forget that fashion can indeed be a force for change. The latter is exactly how Maria Grazia Chiuri intended her show, featuring a collection with no hint of color. It felt appropriate in times like these, but also entirely different from her previous collection, which was full of color.
Modernity and heritage perfectly blended together – featuring a new take on the Bar Jacket and Dior’s famous New Look. A collaboration with D-Air Lab added to the collection’s relevance, creating shields on the models’ shoulders. Before the show, Chiuri explained that she was inspired by using technology not only to communicate but also to ‘live better’. Enhanced living through technology feels accurate for the time ahead, as well as the past years. A new take on Dior’s Bar Jacket perfectly depicted what future-proof garments will look like while having the ability to protect the wearer against the changing climate.
Technics versus romanticism
Romanticism can’t be left behind in a Dior collection – but in this case, Chiuri stayed away from its soft side. Chiffon and lace dresses were juxtaposed with biker jackets, shoulder pads, and racing influences. The latter is something that’s visible at more designer labels; Prada, Gucci, Ferrari, Sportmax, and many others took their inspiration from the Formula 1 madness as well. Overall, the theme ‘The Next Era’ was clearly visible in the entire concept, stemming from Mariella Bettineschi’s work, covering the walls of the venue at Jardin des Tuileries. As Chiuri is known for her activism and feminist approach to fashion, the ideas behind the artworks perfectly melted into the collection and concept as a whole. It formed a peek into the future of a world led by women – one that’s very hopeful.