Maria Grazia Chiuri is the first female to take on the role of creative director at Dior. She could have played it cool, touching on the house's signature notes, creating dresses that flatter the figure but still withhold structure. Instead, she started a revolution. It wasn't just the graphic tee that read "We should all be feminists." If anything, that new street-style top is just the tip of the iceberg. What is a feminist, if not someone who believes male and female should be equal? Chiuri illustrated this through the fencing uniform, which is made up of similar parts for both sexes.
Quilted jackets were embroidered with sparkling red hearts, which spoke to a woman's emotional intensity, or alternatively, rows of birds, symbolizing peace and balance. These first looks, many complete with pants at capri height, were instantly feminized with bow pumps or extended tulle skirts over shorts. Harness-like vests were worn with nothing underneath, revealing slips of side boob. After all, it is a woman's right to show skin if she wants to. But these clothes were entirely wearable, especially the white low-slung denim, cherry-red leather jackets, and monogrammed CD sneakers.
We could see those pieces on many of the faces of Dior who sat front row, including Jennifer Lawrence (she showed up in slouchy boyfriend jeans), Rihanna (we'll definitely spot her in the Christian Dior emblazoned boxers or bra straps), Karlie Kloss, and Marion Cotillard, who might try one of the romantic tulle maxi dresses or skirts. These gowns, plenty stitched with dream-like mosaics, were clearly inspired by Chirui's long period at Valentino. How could she leave Valentino behind? A strong woman is shaped by all parts: past, present, and future.
Read on to see every Spring 2017 look from one of the most memorable shows at Fashion Week. Guests could not even hold their applause. In fact, they began clapping before the finale; before Chiuri even took her bow.