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Paris Fashion Week: Dior unveils edgy elegance with frayed edges and shoulder-baring designs

Reuters | | Posted by Akanksha Agnihotri, Paris
Sep 27, 2023 08:16 AM IST

Dior designer Chiuri unveils spring/summer 2024 collection at Paris Fashion Week, challenging stereotypes with faded fabrics and gladiator shoes.

Dior designer Maria Grazia Chiuri unveiled a spring collection on Tuesday that mixed masculine and feminine styles, with full, airy skirts in black mesh and solemn tailored jackets, throwing in faded fabrics, unfinished edges and tops baring one shoulder. Chiuri said she sought to revisit stereotypes of women while updating the codes of the fashion house in a contemporary manner, allowing women to choose what suits them. "It's a reflection about image, about the narrative and how we build -- in some way -- a stereotype in our mind," Chiuri told Reuters.

Models wear creations for the Christian Dior Spring/Summer 2024 womenswear fashion collection presented at Paris Fashion Week. (Vianney Le Caer/Invision/AP)
Models wear creations for the Christian Dior Spring/Summer 2024 womenswear fashion collection presented at Paris Fashion Week. (Vianney Le Caer/Invision/AP)

Models wove around a darkened set lit up with bright yellow and pink screens showing artwork by Elena Bellantoni of advertisements since the 1960s, featuring caricatures of women's roles. "I used yellow and pink - colours that are used for highlighter pens - because I wanted to highlight the discourse that has put women in a cage for 70 years,” Bellantoni told reporters. (Also read: Paris Fashion Week starts after Balmain robbery; can the brand recover from the theft of 50 outfits )

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Chiuri used knitwear techniques to lighten the weight of a pleated skirt, and took on pointy-toed kitten heels, turning them into gladiator shoes, with rows of straps running up the leg, fastened with pearls. Intricate ivory knit dresses, an ample jean jacket and a ruffled dress came in faded colours, as if aged, while a dress was embellished with embroidered flowers.

"I really like this idea, to think how the material can change with time," said Chiuri, who designed a couture gown worn by Queen Camilla at a banquet at the Palace of Versailles for King Charles's state visit in France last week.

The LVMH-owned fashion label's show saw onlookers angle for photos of celebrities, including Blackpink member Jisoo, Charlize Theron, Elle Macpherson and Rosalia. Paris Fashion Week, which runs until Oct. 3, features dozens of labels including Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Hermes and Saint Laurent.

This story has been published from a wire agency feed without modifications to the text. Only the headline has been changed.
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