Under the helm of new Artistic Director Maria Grazia Chiuri, Christian Dior makes a hotly anticipated entrance into Chicago.
An artfully trimmed sculptural dress from Dior’s Cruise 2018 collection.
Chicago fashionistas have been salivating at the thought of a Christian Dior boutique in the Gold Coast since the famed French fashion house first teased its arrival to the Windy City nearly three years ago. Happily, the wait is over, as Dior opened its chic doors at Rush and Walton on Nov. 11. A modern interpretation of the brand’s Peter Marino-designed global flagship store in Paris, the new boutique features two selling floors devoted to the brand’s range of women’s luxury pieces, including ready-to-wear, shoes, handbags, accessories, timepieces and fine jewelry.
“I think my job is to build a wardrobe that has a point of view, but leave it up to the women to choose and mix the pieces,” says Chiuri of her debut Cruise offering for the house, which will be the first showcased in the new Chicago store. Inspired by Georgia O'Keeffe, the collection features modern takes on the house’s signature shapes: elongating the silhouette, belting everything from graphically embroidered dresses to sleek separates, and taking iconic bags like the Lady Dior and rendering them in densely woven leathers and intricate studding to add a roughness to the feminine pieces.
Must-have items for the season? Think structural-yet-fluid dresses with artistic airs in earth tones, denim separates so sleek they appear as traditional suiting, cozy intarsia knits, and updated low-heeled booties with a Western kick, all of which feel particularly relevant and geared toward today’s chic Chicago woman while also championing Chiuri’s pro-female philosophy. “I think in the past, very often, women let others define them. What I want to say with this collection is that women have to be free to dress themselves like they really want.” 931 N. Rush St., 312.651.4415, dior.com