Haute Couture Fashion Week is notorious for serving up avant-garde ensembles that step outside the box, but the latest presentation from Dior also stepped outside the brand's comfort zone. In a collection that was inspired by African, Asian, and the European and Parisian roots of the fashion house, the designs were statement-making, but not just because of the wide-mesh fabrics, bondage-like belts, and puckered spikes.
Diversity, both in silhouettes, fabrics, and within the model lineup, played a huge part in the runway show. And, while Dior has quite notoriously cast mostly white models, for which the house has received much criticism, the brand seems to have finally opened its eyes. Great news, of course. But, the timing for the brand's diversity stance seems to be quite convenient for a collection that's, well, inspired by Africa and Asia.
From a design standpoint, the collection was certainly striking and made beautiful cultural references. However, we hope that as seasonal themes evolve, the future Dior runways continue to include more women of different ethnicities, races, and, in the case of Jourdan Dunn, breast sizes.