If you haven’t been up to date with the business of fashion recently, then it may come as a surprise when you hear of the relatively quick turnovers of designers at fashion houses. One of these shocking yet highly anticipated creative director changes would be that of Dior's. Yes, the French fashion house’s beloved Raf Simons bid farewell through his last collection after holding the reins for over three years. Who is to replace him? None other than one-half of Valentino’s designer duo, Maria Grazia Chiuri, who had been spearheading wonderful collections at the Italian fashion house along with Pierpaolo Piccioli.
That being said, this made us wonder: What happens when a famed Italian designer designs for a French fashion house? Just thinking of the effects of Italian influence—la dolce vita, Roman inspiration, a flair for the dramatically romantic—makes the to-be image of Dior extremely exciting. In an attempt to visualize such cross-pollination of Italian and French influences, we decided to handpick looks from both Valentino and Dior to predict the latter's fashionable future.
Prediction #1: School Girl Meets the Sultry Screen Star
Remember Valentino's monastic collection? The school girl innocence embodied in that collection might be applied to Dior’s deliciously daring couture pieces reminiscent of Greta Garbo and Lauren Bacall. The result would be a sultriness enough to command attention—while leaving the rest to the imagination. (If only John Galliano’s influence would be revived!)
Prediction #2: The Bar Jacket Shape Gets Refreshingly Red
What’s a Dior collection without the classic flared hip shape of the bar jacket? In Raf Simons’ debut collection at the French fashion house, his modern take on the look molded the models' bodies perfectly. Now, what if bar jackets and cigarette pants got an Italian lift in the form of Valentino red? That’s a case for something legendary.
Prediction #3: Amped Up Artisanal Acumen
Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli’s couture collection for S/S 2013 saw craftsmanship in a new light. Just take a look at its lattice-like fabrics, embroidery, and fine frilly hems! On the other hand, Dior’s F/W 2013 couture collection showed great tailoring, draping, and embellishment. It would be a dream if Italian and French artisanal skills gave birth to Chiuri’s caped confections.
Prediction #4: Pared Down Parisian Chic in Playful Patterns
In any Italian atelier, there will always be the love for a mix of quirky or kitschy patterns adding a bit of fun to any look. Although Dior is not usually well-known for such an affinity, it would be quite the trend if simple Parisian monochromatic outfits were spliced with funky prints! Imagine this look from Dior’s RTW S/S 2016 show—with the tuxedo jacket in vibrant floral appliques or patchwork. Très jolie, indeed.
Prediction #5: "New Look" in New Layers
The New Look launched the house of Christian Dior in the year 1947—there’s just something about the figure-hugging silhouette that makes it appealing to every woman. Dior may have revolutionized fashion at that time, but could Valentino’s fixation on frothy fabrics and luxurious lace give this classic silhouette a modern refresh? We leave it to you, Maria Grazia Chiuri.
Prediction #6: High on History
Chiuri and Piccioli loved to use historical references as inspirations for shows—think Roman, Grecian, or even artistic Raphaelite. At Dior, it’s pretty much the same thing! For obvious examples, just backtrack to Galliano’s couture shows: He basically did every era imaginable. We could definitely expect a whole lot of past-meets-modern looks.