This past Friday, influencers, celebrities and fashion icons alike gathered in France for the unveiling of Dior's 2019 Cruise collection. And although guests may have experienced some unpredicted rainy weather on the runway, Dior used mother nature as an advantage - having models battle the elements for a bolder statement than ever witnessed on a runway.
But the rain wasn't the only thing making a statement. This years runway had many elements that made it one of the most powerful and unique runways we've watched. So to learn more about how Dior stunned everyone, here is everything you need to know about the Dior 2019 Cruise Collection:
It Was Rodeo Inspired
Taking place in Chantilly a town an hour outside of Paris, Dior took an equestrian facility and turned it into a larger than life rodeo runway. Inspired by Mexico's national sport escaramuza which consists of all female equestrians - Dior flew in professional equestrians and had horses gallup as models marched. It was evident that from the lighting to the garments to the live band, Dior pulled out all the stops to completely immerse guests for the theme of the runway.
It had a Feminist Message
Dior's creative director Maria Grazia Chiuri is known for incorporating the narrative of female power in her runway concepts and this cruise collection was no exception. This years runway featured escaramuza which defined by vogue is "an all-female sport within charrería—the Mexican equivalent of rodeo". Drawing inspiration from female equestrians in the traditional Mexican rodeo, the show was meant to highlight the strong yet beautiful female riders. As reported by the Gaurdian "The sport requires nerves of steel and the escaramuza aesthetic is drawn directly from the uniforms worn by the Adelitas female soldiers who fought in the Mexican revolution." On the catwalk it translated into a beautiful and powerful message that - with the added rain - created a "march of female resilience."
It Involved A Lot Of Lace And Embroidery
As a tribute to the traditional Mexican dress of the escaramuzas charras, a lot of the pieces involved lace and embroidery to accurately reflect their sport and also the creative directors own heritage. According to Women's Wear Daily, Chiuri said “This kind of tradition of embroidery is part of my culture, which comes from southern Italy where my father was born, but also in the south of France, as in South America." We loved that with the incorporation of such textures, Dior still stayed true to their classic looks.
For the full rundown on this amazing collection and to view all the pieces showcased visit Women's Wear Daily here.