Maria Grazia Chiuri presented her fall 2021 collection for Dior yesterday at the beautiful Chateau Versailles in France. A stunning stage that was nothing short of a twisted dream, the historical palace was the perfect backdrop for this fairytale-inspired collection, conveying a mystical fantasy world filled with symbolism.
Versailles’ Hall of Mirrors distorts into dark, twisted version of itself, setting the stage for Grazia Chiuri's exploration of the world of fantasy. Fashion is turned upside down, blurring the lines between fiction and reality. Described as a figment of reinvention, this exploration isn't about escapism, rather it serves as a question and a challenge.
This mystical fairytale world serves as the starting point for Dior's fall 2021 collection, playing with the idea of sweetness with a twist, tapping into classic fairytales like 'Little Red Riding Hood' and 'Alice in Wonderland' for inspiration. There are black dresses with puff sleeves and pinafore detailing and there's even a hooded red cape. The collection as a whole embraces reinvented, feminine magic, and it's all about the details in this stunning presentation.
As for the bags, there were a few new versions of fan favorite bags such as the Book Tote, Lady Dior, Bobby and the 30 Montaigne. The existing, but more under-the-radar, St. Honoré Tote appears to be a big push in this new collection, appearing throughout in stunning Dior Cannage as well as a fun leopard print. Though the collection overall was an ode to the post-pandemic mindset of a longing for the beautiful and the grand, the bags appeared to take a backseat in place of the RTW which proved to be the focal point. View bags from the collection below.
[images via Dior]