On the occasion of the next spring-summer 2022 collection, Maria Grazia Chiuri offers us a colorful and jovial Dior woman, able to experiment and have fun with fashion.
Presented for the first time live since the outbreak of the pandemic, the Dior SS22 collection is a clear reference to the swinging silhouettes of the 60s; the collection is indeed composed of mini dresses, skirts and shorts, and colored bralette. However – as always when it comes to Maria Grazia Chiuri – the nostalgic traits are also characterized by a crucial look to the future, being this optmistic, according to the designer.
“You have to ask, why do you do your job? Why are people interested in fashion? I think you have to accept that fashion is a game. Like all games, there’s a part that is serious, and a part that is fun” stated Chiuri. “People love fashion because it helps them perform in their lives. People dress to represent themselves in the moment, and they are performing in a different way, changing all the time. And the show is the performance of fashion; it’s also a performance art. So, at the end, you have to accept that you want to play this nonsense of a game.”
The reference to the game is certainly highlighted by the atmosphere and the set surrounding the event; the designer used some designs by the Italian artist Anna Paparatti, who participated in the show as supervisor. A member of the avant-garde group of Roman artists, Paparatti created in the 1960s the conceptual board-game inspired by pop-art, now reproduced for the show.
Moreover, the idea of a cheerful and light fashion stands out from the multicolored color palette, and from some references to the Maison’s archives. From these, the Slim Line collection by Marc Bohan in 1961 stands out. Chiuri was particularly inspired by Bohan’s style, able at the time to break with the past and give the Maison Dior a completely new face.
This collection is therefore a mix of baby doll dresses and mini dresses in a sporty style; there are also some monochrome suits in orange or green pea, accompanied by leather dresses and others in total gold.
Then follow other garments more anchored to the trends of the moment, such as mini skirts with abstract prints and trousers with colored patwork; even shoes interpret the style of the moment; there are the classic Mary Jane shoes with squared toe that refer to a more sporty and contemporary style, along with the cross-laced flat sandals.