While social media gives the illusion that everyone is at the haute couture shows in Paris right now, the reality is quite different. They are the most exclusive runways in the world, and seating is strictly limited—invitations are only sent to the most elite. And that's why when one of our top influencer friends—Sofie Valkiers of Fashionata—gave us the heads-up that she would be sitting front and centre at Dior's first haute couture show under its new creative director, Maria Grazia Chiuri, we jumped at the chance of getting her insider take.
Even if Chiuri (a former Valentino designer) isn't a name you know well, we're certain you will have spotted her first cult designs for Dior. Her debut collection for S/S 17 has already seen some runaway successes: Chiuri's white "We Should All Be Feminists" tees have been plastered across the street style circuit; ditto the Dior-emblazoned ribbon-effect kitten heels. And then there's Bella Hadid—the model recently chose one of the brand's balletic tulle concoctions for a standout red carpet moment. In brief: You need to know what this designer is doing because all of your favourite girls are entirely on board.
So what did Sofie see? Who did she hang out with? (*Cough* Diane Kruger.) And what did she love about this Dior debut? Keep reading to go through her diary.
"Arriving at the iconic George V Hotel. I couldn't ask for a better start of my Dior Haute Couture experience!"
"Enjoying my favourite French treats (pain aux chocolat, croissants, and café au lait!) with the most breathtaking view of Paris awakening. It doesn't get much better than this."
"Time to get ready… I decided to do my own hair and makeup because I wanted a casual beauty look, with natural dewy skin and a low messy bun, to complement my outfit."
"I had my eye on this outfit ever since I saw it at Maria Grazia Chiuri's first Dior collection: a sturdy white minidress with heart embroidery that shows off my little baby bump(!), plus a dark coat, white miniature bag, patent leather booties and the coolest sunnies to complete it."
"En route to the show! Yes, I was freezing, but it was totally worth it."
"Totally blown away by the mirrored labyrinth and fairytale setting at the Musée Rodin. It was such an inventive way to interpret this famous Parisian spot—and so very Dior!"
"With the gorgeous Diane Kruger. How amazing is her black off-the-shoulder dress?"
"Waiting for the show to start in our favourite Dior creations!"
"Breezy metallic dresses and statement feathers—the new Dior celebrates strong women as the warrior princesses they are."
"Loved, loved, loved this simplified magical look, including the washed-out colours and bouncy curls."
"Had a perfect day, including sun, snow (!) and way too many pastries. Thanks so much, George V and Dior, for having me!"
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