Dior's Spring/Summer 17 Haute Couture show was again of mystical proportions. Maria Grazia Chiuri, following her debut Spring/Summer 17 collection with both the fencing theme for day and tarot card theme for more evening looks, continued in a similar vein for the Haute Couture collection. The show space was a forest, with a meandering grass-like runway, while "hedges" with plush velvet green cushions, served as the seats for show attendees. The trees from which fairy lights dangled, worked to enhance this forest ambiance. Since I spotted tarot cards clipped to the trees, I thought that this was going to be another tarot-inspired collection, which, would definitely make sense, since this was also the SS17 collection for Haute Couture. Instead, I was pleasantly surprised at the collection, because it reminded me of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream where models stepped onto the lush green runway with headgear that evoked an animal-like vibe, yet nothing of the savage variety, even though the show opened with a rather sinister feel with completely black looks. But, colour slowly began to emerge, and by that time, paired with ethereal like dresses with fitted bodices that flared out into full skirts accented by intricate bead- and sequin-work, a delicate feeling was evoked; a faerie-like dreamscape that sucked us all in. And so mesmerised we were, because there was nothing that we could do about it, except watch this magical fairytale unfold before our eyes, an alternate reality that we could only voyeuristically experience as a collective audience.
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