Dior in the Desert: 6 Things to Know About Tonight’s L.A. Show


The Resort world tour continues with Dior’s show in Los Angeles. This evening, creative director Maria Grazia Chiuri brought the fashion pack to the Santa Monica Mountains Nature Preserve—in ATVs, no less!—to present a collection of midi dresses, utility jackets, and chunky knits fit for the rugged, laid-back setting.

Chiuri’s unlikely inspiration? The primitive wall paintings in the Lascaux cave, which are estimated to be up to 20,000 years old. She discovered that Monsieur Christian Dior was fascinated by Lascaux; his “Ovale” collection of 1951 featured prints inspired by the paintings. Chiuri riffed on the idea in her own way tonight, but like Monsieur Dior, her pieces had a mystical, otherworldly quality. Below, read more about the collection while you wait for Nicole Phelps’s revi

The Location

In the vast nature preserve, guests were seated in airy tents with views of the hills. The show began just after sunset, and in the background, hot air balloons swayed gently in the breeze. As for the runway, there wasn’t one; models walked by on the packed dirt in flat boots and leather sandals.

The Celebs

The convenient thing about L.A. is that it’s where the celebrities are. Charlize Theron, Freida Pinto, Demi Moore, and Rihanna—who wore jeans and a new Dior fur—were just a few big names at the show.

The Primitive Prints

Chiuri’s silk jacquard dresses and jackets featured her dreamy, blown-up interpretation of the Lascaux animal paintings. In earthy shades of tan, rust, and ocher, the prints looked surprisingly close to the real thing; there was even a fur coat intarsia’d with the motif for the ultimate mix of past and present.

The Dresses

Many of the dresses came in Chiuri’s favorite silhouette: corseted bodice, square neckline, A-line midi skirt. There were also plenty of her signature balletic, sheer embroidered gowns; some came with a sequined handprint motif, while others had primitive-looking embroideries of women and animals.

The Western Hats

Similar to her Fall ’17 show where every model wore a black leather beret, every look here was topped with a flat-brim hat, often tied below the chin or adorned with turquoise beads.

The Natural Hair

Models wore their hair in a simple, unfussy style you can try at home: a loose braid tied with leather.




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