The Jakarta Post
Famed French fashion house Dior launched its eloquent Spring-Summer 2019 collection with fluidity and grace, inspired by dance and expression of the body. The collection is set to hit stores in Jakarta at the end of February.
The Spring-Summer 2019 women’s collection features an array of bodysuits, tanks and light jumpsuits in different shades of nude, and a multitude of variations that correspond to the body’s movements, designed to complement the looser pieces in the collection.
The remainder of the collection features full and airy skirts, as well as short and long tutus, designed to be matched with the nude base items. The collection takes a new approach to Dior’s renowned style, barring the corsets and figure-hugging dresses this time around. Dior has replaced dresses with pieces ethereal as a layer of tulle and corsets replaced by a simple tank.
The fashion house conceptualizes dance to be at the heart of the collection, inspired by a story that comes from inside the body.
“I think that dance and fashion are very close, for they both speak about the body,” said Maria Grazia Chiuri, creative director of Dior women’s collections to Vogue.
“The experience of dance, its most intimate truth, the fact that it is a means of universal expression, and the radicality of the gestures of contemporary dance have all stimulated my imagination,” Chiuri was quoted as saying in a press release.
The dance-inspired Spring-Summer 2019 collection by Dior was first presented in Paris’ leafy 16th Arrondissement. Celebrity guests and fashion gurus such as Blake Lively, Camille Rowe and Chiara Ferragni were seen among the audience, dressed flawlessly in past Dior collections.
The Parisian fashion show commenced with a conceptual dance piece, choreographed by Tel Aviv-based Sharon Eyal and performed by Eyal herself and eight dancers from her company. The cunning use of skylights and floor covered in flower petals transformed Dior’s black box into an exhilarating platform before the collection hit the runway.
Chiuri expresses freedom throughout the collection, and for the first time, jersey material is featured on the runway, alongside a dress of macramé, braided entirely from tulle. Charming floral tulle is also featured alongside, drawing together pale-washed shades of khaki, beige and charcoal.
Every piece in the collection focuses on the sense of the hand: hand-beaded embroidery, Shibori dyed scarf prints and butterflies created from feather. Even down to the minimal, androgynous style black tunic that opened the show – it had been cut and draped exquisitely.
Alongside selected looks that would be available in its Jakarta stores, Dior also presented a host of accessories from the Spring-Summer 2019 collection. This season's shoes, sandals and sneakers take cue for instance from ballet slippers with its shapes, ribbons and nude hues. (geo/mut)