To say that I had been looking forward to my first runway show post-baby would be a major understatement, because when your world has mostly been about diapers and bottles and sleepless nights, well, let's just say you welcome a little change. :) And what a change it was! Dior's unrivalled power woman, Maria Grazia Chiuri, has really been on a high this year, starting with the Haute Couture SS17 war princesses back in February, a navy blue ready-to-wear FW17-18 collection right after that, and a mind blowingly beautiful Cruise Collection 2018 in LA. That's an impressive amount of creativity right there, but if you thought this would mean a slightly less extravagant Dior Couture AW17-18 show this time around, you'd be sadly mistaken.
We woke up in the beautiful Royal Monceau - Raffles hotel in sunny Paris, and truth be told: I had been dreaming about a traditional French breakfast since forever. :) No surprise that we went a little crazy with the pastries, including croissants, beignets and yummy berries on the side. So good!
Since my body is obviously not yet in pre-baby shape, I had honestly been a bit nervous about my fitting the day before, but as soon as I spotted the silky nude layered dress at the Dior headquarters, I knew it would be perfect! It had the most amazing details - a cute little collar, dreamy poofy sleeves and the nicest embellishments (which all complemented so nicely with my pink O.P.I. It's Pink P.M. nails :)). To balance out the dreaminess, I added a black studded bag, dito kitten heels, and a pinky tinted version of the iconic So Real sunnies. It even made me a bit emotional to put on this outfit, because it was also a Dior look (remember this cute little white dress?) that had barely fitted around my emerging baby bump only a couple of months before - such a weird thought! :)
Les Invalides in Paris was the place to be - for everyone, apparently, because from Jennifer Lawrence to Winnie Harlow, Céline Dion and Poppy Delevingne: they were all there to cheer on Dior's power women. And what do you do when the biggest fashion capital in the world just doesn't quite seem big enough? That's right, you bring the whole world to Paris. Maria asked her favourite artist, Pietro Ruffo, to bring to life each of the world's continents, and the result was a poetic star-shaped amphitheater with life-size wooden animals and pure natural elements. From the African savanna to the Asian jungle: it was all there and it was all good! The collection was naturally equally worldly, with strong silhouettes and incredible details - you know, the kinds of attire you'd wish to wear when you'd be exploring the world Dior-style. Apart from the more classic flowy pleated bustier dresses, we saw some stunning heavy pieces, in wintery nude, black & grey tones: shearling-lined leather jumpsuits and heavy wool belted two-pieces, completed with matching fedora hats and chunky masculine shoes were definitely among my favourites! After now having seen all of Maria's collections for Dior, I have to say I so adore her take on representing strong women in a subtle yet gripping way - by means of strong cuts and a clever mix of fabrics, she lets her pieces speak for themselves, and that's something only a genuine creative mind can accomplish.
Thanks so much for having me, Dior! Can't wait for the next one! :)
Runway pictures via Harper's Bazaar