With bold motifs and a multiplicity of details, Dior Cruise 2021 by Maria Grazia Chiuri channels the landscapes and identity of Puglia, Italy.
In the shade offering some respite from the scorching sun, a spirit of liberation and languor emerges from the Dior Cruise 2021 collection with this unveiling of the ‘Mille Fleurs’ capsule.
A dream destination and a land close to Maria Grazia Chiuri’s heart, the region of Puglia hosted the 2021 cruise show and showcased statement pieces inspired by the beauty of its landscapes and the richness of its savoir- faire.
Appearing as soft separates, sporty outerwear, scarves, mules and a new version of the ‘Lady D-Lite’ bag, ‘Dway’ slides and more, the characteristic floral motifs created by artist Pietro Ruffo offer a direct evocation of the wild landscape of Puglia, which served as primary inspiration to the collection as a whole.
Eliciting the beauty and mystical magic of the south-eastern Italian region of Puglia, the floral depictions of untamed beauty unfold in various direct and associated forms in the new takes on the iconic ‘Dior Book Tote’ bag, the ‘Dior Tribales’ earrings, or a reversible bucket hat and ‘Dior-ID’ sneakers.
The Cannage quilting of the newly-introduced ‘Dior Caro’ shoulder bag, along with the ‘Dior Travel small Vanity’, references the House’s own graphic identity, with ’30 Montaigne’ sunglasses and the ‘D-Lace’ corset belt making alluring statements about strong femininity.
Sample the evocations of Puglia nature through delicate floral lace squares wrapping the head, the tracery of the ‘ABCDior L Liberté Mitzah’ scarf, or the foliate reliefs of a tooled leather ‘Dior Book Tote’. From gold-finish ear pendants inspired by the region’s ancient past to ‘Dior Tribales’ earrings representing bunches of grapes and ‘Mille Fleurs de Dior’ rings, jewels find an arresting urban partner in statement ‘UltraDior’ and ‘Gem Dior’ sunglasses.
Artist Olimpia Zagnoli returns to collaborate once more with the House, this time illustrating the Dior Cruise 2021 collection. The Italian artist employs her characteristic aesthetic of bold mark making and a restrained but judicious use of color, utilizing negative space and the tone of the paper itself to create a strong optical impact. These illustrations distills the essence of Puglia, the collection’s primary inspiration, and the traits and traditions that make this region so special for the Creative Director of Women’s collections – from the role played by nature to the vestiges of its classical past, its ancestral pizzica dance and the delicacy of handmade ‘tombolo’ lace.