CR blog spoke to designer friends about mood and intention in 2018. Maria Grazia Chiuri weighed in: ""My motto for 2018 is that of American artist Marilyn Minter: Resist. Because we should defend our ideas, stand our ground, and never back down. We should always be brave. All of the work that we have done to be brave enough to face reality and try to change it, the campaigning for equality and for equal rights and responsibilities, too, are part of a long-term project. Now is the time to resist and try to build something new and extraordinary."
Watching for the first time Chiuri's Dior Couture Fall 2017 video, I sense the mood of the designer's forward women's march in a collection honoring Dior's cosmopolitan, globetrotting roots. Gone are the Roger Vivier spindly heels, replaced by men's brogues and manly ankle boots.
'The Crown's' mood is everywhere in the Dior couture show: the sobriety, modest femininity and pared-down opulence.
Yet, there is a distinctly feminist, #RESIST current running through this Dior couture collection. Will it declare itself again in Chiuri's fall 2018 ready-to-wear show? I hope so. After all, the female actors like Meryl Streep, Jessica Chastain and Emma Jones are promising to wear black dresses to the Golden Globes Awards next Sunday night to protest gender inequality and sexual harassment. The women have also said that they will not answer frivolous, Red Carpet fashion questions like "who are you wearing?" Like Chiuri's countless marching women, they will speak on topics related to the act of RESISTing.