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Dior’s Creative Director Maria Grazia Chiuri didn’t hold back with her sophomore Resort collection for the storied French house. Last year, Chiuri transported fashion’s finest to a garden (albeit a fake garden) maze within a tent within the gardens of the Musée Rodin.

This year, Dior took a more far-flung excursion and invited the fashion pack to Santa Monica Mountains Nature Preserve in the California desert. Even Rihanna and Solange made it out for Maria Grazia Chiuri’s latest show, inspired by Californian nature and cave paintings.

The Venue

The mighty desert, brown, barren, desolate and beautiful. Ok, not quite, but it all went down in a vast nature reserve art night, and Dior’s Resort 2018 guests were seated inside airy tents with jaw-dropping views of the Calabasas hills.

Once the huge, golden sun descended over the edge of the hills, soft pink rays in the sky were muddled by hot air balloons that swayed gently in the breeze, and the show promptly began. There was no runway. Dior kept it real, with models walking by on the earthy dirt in flat boots and leather sandals.

The Guest List

Needless to say, it’s LA, so there were plenty of celebrities on Dior’s front row. Aside from Rihanna and Solange (who also performed for show-goers), the likes of Charlize Theron, Freida Pinto, and Demi Moore all showed up.

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The Collection

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While primitive prints were the main focus of the collection, Chiuri’s desert backdrop was an effective setting for a collection largely punctuated by easy, breezy silhouettes.

Everything was unapologetically bohemian. Silky dresses floated down the dirt runway with a dreamy, blown-up ease, and looks were accessorized with embroidered flat-brim hats.

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Many of the dresses reprised Chiuri’s signature silhouettes which include square necklines as well as A-line midi skirts. Everything was unapologetically bohemian. Silky dresses floated down the dirt runway with a dreamy, blown-up ease, and looks were accessorized with embroidered flat-brim hats. Coachella vibes at its most decadent.

The Inspiration

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Dior’s Western-inspired collection drew its visual inspo from the wall paintings in the Lascaux cave in South West France, which is estimated to be up to 20,000 years old. In fact, the discovery of the monumental Lascaux cave in 1940 offered a renewed understanding of both prehistoric art and human origins.

Chiuri actually discovered that Monsieur Christian Dior was fascinated by these ancient caves when mining his archive, as his “Ovale” collection of 1951 featured prints inspired by the cave paintings. For Resort 2018, Dior’s leading lady offered a modern interpretation of Dior’s winding archive, and the result is resolutely feminine and mystical.

For more Resort 2018 news, here’s an in-depth look at Prada’s latest collection.

  • Photography: Jonas Gustavsson / Indigital
Words by Kam Dhillon
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