While parties and frequent international travel may still be on pause, the world we live in feels much less vast when creatives like Maria Grazia Chiuri reach across international borders for inspiration. The artistic director of French luxury brand Dior tapped into K-Pop group BlackPink as muses for the Fall/Winter 2021 collection at Shanghai Fashion Week that is so eclectic and spirited that the buzz in the air is tangible, captured even through photography alone. The shimmering, vibrating energy from the disco-inspired collection could also be partially attributed to walls of the Long Museum West Bund that have been decked out in floor-to-ceiling washes of magenta and gold sequins.
The model who opened the Dior show pounded the leopard-print runway in a foiled metallic jumpsuit and space-buns, a formula for unadulterated 80’s nostalgia that immediately piques audience curiosity and informs us that the rest of the collection intends to be just as unapologetic. Some looks play on the schoolgirl trope with classic plaids and varsity jackets, while others take us to the disco decked out in cool-girl approved shift dresses made entirely out of paillettes. A multitude of disco balls suspended to the ceiling flick bits of light onto the models dressed in fishnet footless tights and classic berets, adding to the nightclub-like atmosphere.
What Chiuri accomplished with this particular collection is an infusion of youthful energy into inanimate fabric, the material manifestation of what happens when the proverbial potter meets the clay for 17 minutes of discotheque celebration. A voice echoing through the Long Museum West Bund captures the Dior spirit with uncanny ease — “Hello darling, how are you? I just woke up.”END
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