Dior's Cruise 2021 collection was presented earlier this week, focusing on reinvention in a time of distance. Designer Maria Grazia Chiuri, chose to reconnect her creative passion with the Italian region of Puglia for this cruise show, which is a place she holds near and dear to her heart. The show was held on the Piazza del Duomo in the Italian city of Lecce. The narrative and creative conversations between Paris and Lecce began long before the coronavirus pandemic was even a thought. Because of this, Dior felt it was both essential and necessary to continue the collaborations with this city and its artisans, to support and showcase their talents more than ever before.
During this period, I sought to give collective efforts a new dimension. Despite the disadvantages of distance, bringing a different perspective to our daily lives has given us strength and imagination -Maria Grazia Chiuri
The 2021 Cruise collection highlights the priceless skills and creative talent of the artisans of the Puglia region. A press release for the show expressed the brand's commitment to highlighting the region and its creative individuals, from photographers and artists to anthropologists and musicians, Dior called upon Puglia's most talented individuals for this collection. The presentation went on, showcasing that beauty, emotion and poetry may endure all obstacles.
As for the handbags, the collection featured a mix of new silhouettes and updated classics like the Dior Book Tote and newly released Catherine Tote as well as the iconic Lady Dior and Dior Saddle. As was the creative inspiration behind the collection as a whole, the bags are said to take cues from Puglia, showcasing the region's colors like a beige Dior Bobby, which is a new release from the brand, and totes blooming with colorful, local flowers. Most noteably, intricate and expertly designed leather versions of Dior icons were seen throughout. View bags from the collection below.
[images via Vogue]