Maria Grazia Chiuri has done it again. Following her last Paris Fashion Week show, where she introduced feminist t-shirts, loose tailoring and ballgowns, the designer has truly cemented her own new look with the AW19 collection.
The crux of it is she understand what the modern woman wants, and she creates designs she'll want to wear. There were suits tailored in all the right places, and that are anything but boring.
There were pleated midi skirts, leather jackets and plenty of tartan, and the outerwear offering was pretty strong too, with covetable checked trenches, teddy coats and sportier parkas to cover all bases.
But that doesn't mean Maria has turned away from Dior's famous 'new look' either. There were plenty of nods to the 50s era thanks to the strapless ballgowns and floaty tulle.
The pièce de résistance was the 'Sisterhood is Global' t-shirt, a reference to the literary works of American feminist poet Robin Morgan, against a backdrop of letters projected on the walls and shaped with female bodies.
The show notes explained the collection's aim was to 'reconnect with an idea of femininity that transcends gender and anatomy', and we can all agree Maria certainly succeeded.
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Although she's always loved fashion - she used to create scrapbooks of her favourite trends and looks, including Sienna Miller and Kate Moss' boho phase - her first job was at MoneySavingExpert.com, sourcing the best deals for everything from restaurants to designer sales.
However she quit after two years to follow her true passion, fashion journalism, and after many years of internships and freelance stints at magazines including Red, Cosmopolitan, Stylist and Good Housekeeping, landed her dream job as the Digital Fashion Editor at Marie Claire UK.
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