The French town of Chantilly is famed for its château, stables and its Lace – a delicate handmade bobbin lace famed in the 18th century and a favourite of Christian Dior himself. Forces of nature colluded over the Chantility riding course as guests sat under the rain waiting to see what spectacle Maria Grazia Churi had in store. Strong women have always been the nucleus of the Churi’s collections. Winning the Swarovski Award for Positive Change at the 2017 Fashion Awards, this seasons resort collection once again continued its celebration of strong women, this time with the Escaramuzas of Mexico, a group of women riders, who first invaded the male-dominated Mexican rodeo scene of the 50s, who both opened and closed the show in a dazzling performance. “The shape is very fifties.” That, of course, tied in well with her reverence of Christian Dior’s New Look silhouette and the neo-feminist values this Roman designer has imbued it with since arriving at the house, Chiuri explained. The concoction of Dior heritage and the equestrian look ran strong throughout the collection, as models walked down the runway as the rain showed no signs of letting up.
Hardwearing embroidered jackets, riding boots, tall hats and intricately embroidered high-necked blouses opened the show, followed by couture like bustier dresses with chunky belts, bar suits and full tulle skirts. White shirts with black ties offered a masculine touch to the collection and Toile de Jouy fabric with evocative scenes of tigers, snakes and monkeys adorned many of the pieces.
Preivew the full Dior Resort 2019 collection below.