5 Things to know about Dior Cruise 2019
1. After showing her first Cruise collection in Los Angeles, Maria Grazia Chiuri opted for a venue closer to the French fashion house's base this time, with a show at Chantilly, about 60km away from Paris. Held at the Grandes Écuries of the Domaine de Chantilly, the stable is the largest in Europe—built in the 18th century for the 7th Prince de Condé, Louis-Henri de Bourbon.
2. The partially uncovered venue was hit by a rainstorm as the show was about to start. Paris Jackson reportedly had to remove her shoes as they were soaked wet, and Carine Roitfeld made a beeline to the second row as the drizzle turned into a heavy downpour.
3. But one thing's for sure—the rain definitely didn't dampen the fashion. For Cruise 2019, Maria Grazia Chiuri continues the theme of feminism and took inspiration from the escaramuzas. The Mexican female rodeo riders earned the right to compete in the charreada—an equestrian practice which was traditionally reserved for men. Combining the Latin American elements with Dior's heritage, the collection saw a series of extravagant skirts in vibrant colours, paired with belted jackets and hats (by renowned milliner Stephen Jones). Aside from that, jungle animal motifs such as tigers and serpents were also incorporated into the looks.
4. Unfazed by the weather, before models strut down the runway in the rain (that looked great in photos), a team of eight escaramuzas—flown in from Mexico and Phoenix—strode in on white horses for a choreographed performance, before coming out again for the finale.
5. Celebrities and fashion It-girls in attendance include Paris Jackson, Alexa Chung, Jeanne Damas, Arizona Muse, Natalia Dyer, Alexandra Shipp, Chiara Ferragni and Aimee Song.