Wednesday 26 January 2022

Paris Couture Week: Streetstyle at Dior Spring/Summer 2022

Italian entrepreneur Chiara Ferragni with sister Valentina in Paris, on their way to the Dior haute couture show a the Musee Rodin. Photograph and cover picture by Elli Ioannou for DAM

Streetstyle during Paris Couture Week is one of the highlights of the fashion calendar. Fashionistas pose against the 18th century, honey-coloured stone buildings around the 
Musée Rodin where the Dior show is  staged. Chiara Ferragni attended and joined a front row that included Rosamund Pike, Beatrice Borromeo Casiraghi and Claire Foy. Story by Jeanne-Marie Cilento. Photography by Elli Ioannou 

Guests gather outside the entrance
to the Musée Rodin in Paris
for the SS22 Dior Couture show
DESPITE the rising numbers of Covid-19 cases in France, Paris Couture Week has already had dramatic live shows on the first two days of this season's schedule. While there are 30 shows on the official haute couture calendar only half were physical shows, the rest were digital. Kanye West sat in the front row at Kenzo at the debut collection by Nigo as well at the brilliant Neo-Surrealist show by Daniel Roseberry at Schiaparelli. 

However, the new Dior couture collection by Maria Grazie Chiuri was much lower key than those shows with a palette of soft greys, cream and black in a series of finely-tailored suits and shimmering gowns. The clothes provided a neutral foil for the giant, vividly hued tapestries hanging on the walls along the runway. 

Held in the garden of the Musée Rodin, in the signature Dior white cube, the embroidered wall hangings were created by artists Madhvi and Manu Parekh. These were made by an Indian school that Chiuri works with called Chanakya, where women are taught traditional crafts. 

The colossal display had 400 artisans working on the embroidery. This will be open to the public from January 25th to the 30th as an art exhibition. 

The street style outside the Musée Rodin and the Dior show was covered by fast-moving photographers shooting fashionistas wearing the stylish to the surreal. Chiara Ferragni wore an emerald green Dior suit with fishnet stockings and long Sixties style boots while her sister Valentina decided on a more casual ensemble by the French maison including a beige denim jacket, houndstooth mini-skirt and stolid black lace-ups. 

Bryan Boy maintained his blond locks and carried a pictorial Dior bag. Veteran Vogue fashion journalist and show stalwart Suzy Menkes wore a combination of purple coat and aqua green scarf. While not everyone had the magic ticket to enter the Dior tent, people were happy to be out and participating in Paris fashion week while the pandemic rages on..

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