by Marta Pozzan, May 11 2017
When you live in LA and you get invited to something in Calabasas, unless it’s your best friend’s wedding, you’d say ‘ No, thanks’ but we all know that Dior is more than a best friend.
On May 11, Maria Grazia Chiuri presented her second collection as Dior’s creative director in the most unexpected location, Upper Las Virgenes Canyon Open Space Reserve; a large (3,000 acres) open space in the Simi Hills of western Los Angeles County. We all know Calabasas is Kanye’s hood and California has been, at least in the past two years, the most coveted location for a lot of shows (Tommy Hilfiger, Saint Laurent, Tom Ford and Burberry) so Dior’s choice doesn’t surprise. What was new is that Dior decided to highlight a different aspect of the City of Angels, the more naturalistic and raw side of it.
It felt like being on the set of an early 1900 western movie; a modern western fairy tale brought to life. The Cruise 2018 collection was the perfect combination of a feminine and soft aesthetic with a more assertive feminist attitude. Maria Grazia Chiuri's inspiration from wall paintings in the Lascaux cave, was recreated in a southwestern French atmosphere with all the long cotton skirts and printed ponchos, a revised version of cowboy boots in classy suede and embroidery, wide-brimmed hats for every look and a rich palette of browns and neutrals combined with white, orange and red.
Among the guests, Rihanna was gracing the front row in a stunning sumptuous Dior coat, alongside Big Sean and his lady, Kelly Rowland, Demi Moore, Jaime King, Charlize Theron and many more. And the guests that stayed for the after party enjoyed Solange’s special musical performance. She performed a setlist from her album, A Seat At The Table in an all-white Dior look.