Maybe it’s simply a reflection on me as a consumer, but the vast majority of the pictures I’ve seen of the long-awaited Dior Spring/Summer 2017 show at the Musée Rodin have been, in fact, of celebrities who were invited to the event, and not of the premiere collection of Maria Grazia Chiuri, Dior’s first female designer.
Of course, with a few quick keyboard strokes and the power of the internet, I am quickly faced with a bevy of photos of the runway itself, which only draws further contrast to the front row. Some stars like Marion Cotillard wore looks directly off the runway; others, like Jennifer Lawrence, incorporated pieces or elements into their looks. And on the opposite side of the spectrum, Rihanna wore a dress that eschewed all the main themes of the show—no quilted texture, no tulle, and no soft cotton.
So what does this distinctly uncultivated front row say about Chiuri as a designer? In comparison to those who seemingly abandon their celebrities to fend for themselves to pick appropriate outfits, or perhaps even worse, those who use the show as an opportunity to dress celebrities as slightly more diverse doll parodies of the models, Chiuri performs a magnificent balancing act of letting the front row speak for itself.