Sometimes even enemies can become friends and with the passing of fashion icon Karl Lagerfeld, Dior opened its A/W 2019/20 show with the title; ‘In homage to the alchemist of elegance and beauty, Karl Lagerfeld’. The notions of sorority in divided times was evident throughout the show which also contained a celebration of femininity, boyish charm and feminism.
Although the sardonic style of Teddy Boys has caught many more style headlines over the past 70 years, the enduring look of the Teddy Girl was what caught the attention on the Dior runway this year. Clothes featuring snappy clean lines, trousers with turn-ups, Edwardian coats, flat shoes and pencil skirts, were an homage to this rejection of postwar austerity in the 1950s.
Fifties femininity was also featured on the catwalks at Dior, notably in the form of very full, very feminine skirts. Expect more of this look not just from Dior, but across the designers and high street stores in A/W 2019.
Imagine what you looked like when you put your mother’s ballgown on over a pair of scruffy jeans as a kid? That’s the boyish ballgown look that was on show on the Dior runways. Glamorous, pared back ballgowns with boyish additions underneath such as play-suits in black, grey and tartan. If you can’t face going full ballgown then a muted shade of long dress is the perfect alternative, such as a grey maxi dress. This grey maxi dress at AX Paris is a wonderful everyday take on a Dior ballgown.
With the changeable weather we enjoy in this country from showers one day to baking sun the next, it’s good to be prepared. And if you are going to get caught in the storm, do it in style. Dior’s oversize raincoats are just what you need when it showers.
Sorority in the fashion world goes hand and hand with sisterhood sorority. As the fourth wave of feminism looks set to go mainstream, Dior are taking their sisterhood slogan-ed tees to a new level.
Dior is loved for its celebration and empowerment of female form through the use of stunning silhouettes and sharp lines. The A/W 19/20 clothing range celebrates this heritage, whilst also taking on the female fight for tomorrow.