History was made last night as Maria Grazia Chiuri made her debut at the helm of Dior. Chiuri is the first ever female to hold the prestigious position at the house in its 70-year history and she presented the coolest collection we've seen from the brand in a long time. If Raf Simons was responsible for modernising the label and returning its attraction to the fashion crowd, then Maria is taking that one step further and telling the world that the future is female and that they should be celebrated in all forms.
One of the collection highlights (there were many) were the slogan tees, with phrases like Dio(r)evolution and We Should All Be Feminists, which punctuated a catwalk full of frothy tulle skirts and dresses in a mostly monochrome colour palette. In the show notes, it read, "Feminism is a recurring word for [Maria]. Her boldly feminine outlook explores the rules of modern beauty to transpose them into a collection shaped by the sensual tension that exists between the body and clothing."
Maria also wrote, "I strive to be attentive and open to the world and to create fashion that resembles the women of today. Fashion that corresponds to their changing needs, freed from the stereotypical categories of masculine/feminine, young/not so young, reason/emotion, which nonetheless also happen to be complimentary aspects. Fencing is a discipline in which the balance between thought and action, the harmony between mind and heart are essential. The uniform of the female fencer is, with the exception of some special protections, the same as for a male fencer. The female body adapts itself to an outfit, which, in turn, seems to have been shaped to its curves."
Practically this translated into a collection with a distinct sportswear influence (Maria called it "contemporary, agile and Olympian") with the Dior logo featuring on dress straps and waistbands, and models sporting knee-high, lace-up trainers with the outfits.
Maria also introduced a new bag silhouette to the house's line-up, with hand straps emblazoned with DIOR and JADIOR - guaranteed to be one of next season's most snapped accessories.
If you missed the show, you can watch the video here or you can click through the gallery above to see the incredible pieces that heralded the New Dior.
Oh, and did we mention the models walked down the catwalk to Chimamanda Adichie's TED talk (the same one that was referenced in Flawless by the Queen Bey)? In case it wasn't clear before, Maria has certainly made sure that everyone knows that girls run the world.