There's a lot to admire about Maria Grazia Chirui's first Resort offering for Dior, which she calls Sauvage, or "wild." And the way she staged her runway — in the desert against a backdrop of the Santa Monica Mountains in Calabasas, CA — should be admired. After all, it says a lot about the message she's trying to send with her new collection: we should look to nature to find our free spirit, and then wear it on our sleeve.
While the looks appeared pretty intricate — semi-sheer tulle gowns were embroidered, blanket midi skirts and dresses featured a row of fringe, and feathers and fur provided a notable amount of texture — comfort was the foundation. Models wore either flats or sturdy leather hiking boots, and their clothes were made from soft fabrics fit to layer.
Things got playful in the accessories department. The Western hat and bandana combination was a signature of Georgia O'Keefe's that Chiuri was inspired by (not only because she was an artist and style icon, but a gentle yet strong woman). If you zoom in close, you'll see that the cowboy hats, created by Stephen Jones, were stitched with tiny prints that mimic drawings found in Lascaux cave in France. And these patterns are blown up onto prairie dresses too.
Whether or not the cowgirl effect takes hold, causing us to seek out boleros and headgear with a wide brim, Maria Grazia Chiuri reminds us to personalize our outfits — with her new rope tribal jewelry and monogrammed chokers, or just by wearing what we like with a certain amount of attitude and all around bad-assery about it.