With a sparkling Shanghai show, Maria Grazia Chiuri's latest collection has us dreaming of the dance floor
Dior’s latest collection premiered at Shanghai Fashion Week’s “Bloom the Spring,” one of the only fashion weeks to host a full physical program with pre-pandemic attendance levels (alongside the now expected digital show, of course).
Creative director Maria Grazia Chiuri took the show to the Long Museum West Bund, the same museum that hosted 2020’s Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams exhibition. The museum transformed into a discotheque with a gold shimmering backdrop, glittering mirrored balls, and colored lighting in flashy pinks, blues, and oranges.
The fall 2021 collection reimagines the luxury French fashion house’s classics with a bold aesthetic, reminiscent of Richard Hamilton’s English Pop and Marco Lodola’s New Futurism. The show opened with a model in a foiled, silver jumpsuit with her hair rolled into two buns in an unapologetic tribute to ’80s futuristic glam. There’s a nod to the schoolgirl aesthetic in maroon plaids, hair tied up high, and candy pinks. A revisitation of Dior’s longtime muse, leopard print, takes form in a coat, a beret, flats, a mid-length dress, a mini skirt, a flat-billed cap, and a clutch-sized bag, as well as the runway itself.
With the show’s closing grace note, the spoken words “we are going out tonight,” Dior marks the beginning of the new new normal.