DUBAI: Paris Fashion Week is back after a hiatus related to COVID-19. The haute couture world has gone mostly digital for a year during the pandemic, but big hitters like Chanel, Hermès and Louis Vuitton are finally returning to the runway live this season.
Dior ensured that Tuesday’s comeback of ready-to-wear – with figures including actress Rosamund Pike and tennis ace Roger Federer – got off to a good start on the first full day of the spring / summer collections. 2022. This was the famous fashion house’s first ready-to-wear show since February 2020 – a touching comeback for some.
The enthusiastic audience included a handful of Arab influencers, including Dubai-based Iraqi favorite Dima Al-Sheikhly and Saudi entrepreneur Nojoud Alrumaihi.
Al-Sheikhly shared his experience with his 701,000 followers on Instagram, giving them a taste of what it takes to prepare for a fashion show. For the occasion, she showed off a silver metallic miniskirt and a pointed black blazer over black tights and lace-up boots in a Dior look.
“@Dior day at Dior. Congratulations @mariagraziachiuri on another great collection. Thanks for having me! ”She wrote on Instagram alongside a short video showing off her look.
For her part, Alrumaihi took things in a more romantic direction by sporting a delicate black tulle skirt, which she teamed with chunky boots and a well-tailored blazer and shirt set.
Designer Chiuri has dived into the Dior archives to return with a playful collection that celebrates color and graphic form, The Associated Press reported.
All around the venue – in an annex inside the Tuileries Garden in Paris – were colorful blocks and retro panels that were a clue to the collection’s 1960s aesthetic.
The show was a tribute to former designer Marc Bohan, whose 1961 “Slim Look” collection defined a generation.
On Tuesday, Chiuri revamped Bohan’s slim styles with her contemporary twist. The bold color blocking – riffing the decor – came in a raspberry, red, navy, orange, and green color palette.
The display evoked a dream world. The models rotated robotically around the set to offbeat music. Elegant square 60s jackets with trendy graphic pockets mixed with sporty jackets and dresses inspired by a tennis skirt. The main letdown to the otherwise tasteful collection was a series of silk boxer pajamas – which made the house feel like it was trying too hard to be young.