Christian Dior Fall 2017 Couture: 50 Shades of Blah

I have now said it a few times. I am underwhelmed by Maria Grazia Chiuri at Christian Dior. I went into her tenure as creative director really excited. A glass ceiling at a major fashion house had been shattered, but shattered also has been my expectations of what Chiuri was going to bring to the house. She kicked off her tenure taking about the feminist revolution at Dior, and I think that idea has just ruined the house for her. Chiuri is a designer who sticks very much into her wheelhouse and does not try to push the envelope. Much of what we have seen from Chiuri at Dior is the same things we saw from her at Valentino but with more nipped waists and full skirts. What saved me from completely writing of Chiuri’s Resort 2018 collection was the use of vibrant color, but that did not happen with her Fall 2017 Couture collection. This collection was mostly grey. Grey in every iteration of the shade and the muted green, blue, purple, and gold in this collection were barely noticed because everything was grey. The beginning of the show was just one grey coat dress after another mixes with a midi skirt suit that seemed more taken to a turn of the century safari look. Another blogger used Calamity Jane as the example of the inspiration they saw, and I see it too, but I don’t see that as a positive. I don’t see the modern woman really wanting to look like a Victorian heiress on safari. The gowns were drab and blah. There isn’t a single look that I really have to see on the red carpet.  I have to say that it is going to take some real major styling and presence from anyone who wears one of these gowns to get me to see past this grey scale of a collection. I think that the look that I was most drawn to see on the red carpet was the strapless ‘naked’ ball gown seen at the top of this post, and honestly the only person I can see it making a real beautiful statement is Bella Hadid. Some of the stars that I think could deliver this collection on the red carpet include Dakota Johnson, Sonam Kapoor, Fan Bingbing, Zhang Ziyi, Karlie Kloss, Ruth Negga, Emma Stone, Naomi Watts, Keira Knightley, Emily Blunt, Felicity Jones, Lily Collins, Elizabeth Olsen, Monica Bellucci, Natalie Portman, Diane Kruger, Sienna Miller, Charlize Theron, Eiza Gonzalez, Lily James, Tilda Swinton, Juliette Binoche, Laura Harrier, Lily Donaldson, Naomi Campbell, Uma Thurman, Kirsten Dunst, Noomi Rapace, Naomie Harris, Marion Cotillard, and Nicole Kidman.

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