Dior Spring 2017 Explored Feminism, Fencing, and the Future

Dior Spring/Summer 2017 Collection by Maria Grazia Chiuri, Paris

All eyes have been on Dior following the abrupt exit of its long time creative director Raf Simons. Replacing Simons is the brand’s first permanent female predecessor, Maria Grazia Chiuri. Hailing from the equally rich history of Valentino, Chiuri provides a newfound sensibility. For the designer’s debut collection she boldly defines a new style direction for the Dior woman. Rooted in transitional day wear, Chiuri adds sporty, ath-leisure inspired statements to the extravagant, refined glamour of couture evening wear.

The Dior collection show began with a sleek fencing motif. Quilted tops and vests in crisp whites were paired alongside cropped trousers, shorts, and sheer feminine skirts. There was plenty of variety for the modern fashionista. Leather bombers, blazers, and street infused outerwear offered a newfound swagger. Overall, the collection evoked a multitude of personal style statements. Chiuri shares that effect was quite deliberate. “I want to introduce into the house of Dior a natural attitude, to dress women to feel comfortable, to feel their beauty,” Chiuri said during a preview. “Women want to use the dress to express themselves. In the past, fashion was more imposition, to impose a look. Now, we suggest our style and our idea, and [women translate] the pieces in different ways.”

Chiuri flashed moments of classic Dior through an updated take on evening gowns. An assortment of weightless, ethereal feeling dresses provided just the right amount of couture polish. In addition to sheer black and white, the designer shared a sense of artistry through delicately embroidered hems and bodices.

Keep scrolling below to see our favorite looks from the Christian Dior Spring Summer 2017 collection.

Christian Dior Spring Summer 2017 Collection Paris Fashion Week - The Dapifer

Christian Dior Spring Summer 2017 Collection Paris Fashion Week - The Dapifer

Christian Dior Spring Summer 2017 Collection Paris Fashion Week - The Dapifer

Christian Dior Spring Summer 2017 Collection Paris Fashion Week - The Dapifer

Christian Dior Spring Summer 2017 Collection Paris Fashion Week - The Dapifer

Christian Dior Spring Summer 2017 Collection Paris Fashion Week - The Dapifer

Christian Dior Spring Summer 2017 Collection Paris Fashion Week - The Dapifer

Christian Dior Spring Summer 2017 Collection Paris Fashion Week - The Dapifer

Christian Dior Spring Summer 2017 Collection Paris Fashion Week - The Dapifer

Christian Dior Spring Summer 2017 Collection Paris Fashion Week - The Dapifer

Christian Dior Spring Summer 2017 Collection Paris Fashion Week - The Dapifer

Christian Dior Spring Summer 2017 Collection Paris Fashion Week - The Dapifer