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Autumn-Winter 2017-18
Ready-to-Wear Show

March 03, 2017 - Paris -
2:30PM (GMT+01)

“Among all the colors, navy blue is the only one which can ever compete with black, it has all the same qualities,” wrote Christian Dior in The Little Dictionary of Fashion. Maria Grazia Chiuri, Artistic Director of the Dior women's collections, reactivates the different codes of the House’s heritage with transgression, without fetishism or nostalgia: for her ready-to-wear Autumn-Winter 2017-2018 collection she explores a color that was among Monsieur Dior's great favorites.

Blue is the color of twentieth-century painting, having brought depth and emotion to the work of artists such as Pablo Picasso, Joan Miró, Paul Cézanne and Marc Chagall.

The collection is a sequence of pieces that reconnect emotions, feelings and memories. Inspired by the ample hood, borrowed from the tunics of pastors, Maria Grazia Chiuri reinterprets the idea of the Chevrier look from the Haute Couture Autumn-Winter 1949 collection in a series of jackets, skirts, dresses, capes, coats and small bomber jackets, revisiting the extravagance of the original hood through a more contemporary and sporty attitude, and the transgressive use of materials: taffeta, velvet, herringbone motifs, knit. Blue, the color symbol of power, beauty and spirituality, is employed for genderless outfits and to express differences. It is positioned between nature and culture, as the color of the spirit, of contact with the infinite, in us and beyond. It initiates a link to the mystery of the moon, the comets and planets that explode on evening dresses of opulent velvet or on dégradé tulle that blends into the blue-gray of embroidered lily flowers. Blue fascinates through its emotional resonance, but also its social quality. It encapsulates a real cross-section in terms of gender, age and social class.

On the flipside of being the symbol of holy virgins and kings, blue is also the color of workwear. Blue in loose pants, blouses and washed shirts, which give a new identity to the House’s color story. Maria Grazia Chiuri has immersed herself in the complexity of this color, with the complicity of blues music and its great interpreters, such as Nina Simone and her Blue Prelude, a nod to the femininity of a color that unites the ocean depths with the infinity of the celestial vault.

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Before the catwalk

Models pose backstage wearing Maria Grazia Chiuri's Autumn-Winter 2017-18 Ready-to-Wear just before hitting the catwalk to unveil the collection.

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Set Design

Empty seats inside the venue before Maria Grazia Chiuri unveiled her Autumn-Winter 2017-18 collection. Echoing the silhouettes in every shade of blue, the decor was painted with large monochrome brush strokes.

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A close-up on this season's accessories. The pumps and boots paired with dresses or denim of infinite shades of blue emphasize both the chic and active allure of the Dior woman of today. With rings of colored stones, dangling necklaces and symbolic chokers, the jewels from the collection are worn generously, creating a unique ensemble effect. Delicate as an embroidered minaudière or edgy as a D-Fence bag with a Dior Oblique strap, the bags are a blend of genres and inspirations. And, atop the head of each model, a beret, what milliner Stephen Jones refers to as "the t-shirt of hats".

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Rihanna, Alicia Keys, Eva Herzigova and Liu Yifei amongst many other guests were at the presentation of the Autumn-Winter 2017-18 show. Discover their photocall looks as well as some of their favorite shades of blue.

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Street style

Show guests captured by Adam Katz Sinding as they arrive at Musée Rodin for the presentation of the Autumn-Winter 2017-18 Ready-to-Wear collection.

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Realized in blue or silver threads, the embroideries that burst across the clothes designed by Maria Grazia Chiuri suggest a voyage among the stars, among constellations and little lucky clovers. The hand embroideries are just as exquisite on the back as they are on the front.

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For the autumn-winter 2017-18 ready-to-wear show, Peter Philips, the Creative and Image Director of Dior Makeup, came up with a natural and luminous beauty look.

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Interview with Peter Philips

Discover the beauty look for the ready-to-wear autumn-winter 2017-18 collection as explained by Peter Philips backstage at the show.

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360° Video

Watch the presentation of the Autumn-Winter 2017-18 collection as if you were sitting in the front row, exclusively on DiorTV.

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