AUSTRALIA: The knitted version of the famous 1947 wasp-waisted bar jacket (made to wear at cocktail hour at hotels decades ago) is a hero piece inside Dior’s brand new seasonal boutique at 345 George Street in Sydney.
“It’s the perfect plane attire. It won’t crumple,” says one of Dior’s wonderful employees as guests are served egg and bacon bites as tiny as the house’s recent Fall/Winter 2020-2021 haute couture collection.
Yes, even on a sweltering Thursday morning in the springtime, cloaking oneself in this snug, collared savoir-faire knit and jumping on a plane is a thought most Australians would dream about right now. To be high above the clouds in a timeless, elegant symbol of the New Look – one that will hold its shape all the way to Paris and beyond – is a freeing notion. Champagne in one hand. Passport in the other. The mind boggles.
This piece opened Dior’s Fall/Winter 2020-2021 show in the Tuileries Gardens in Paris and once again showcased Maria Grazia Chiuri’s modern take on heritage. No fewer than four prototypes were made in order to accurately recreate the volume and cut that characterised the original jacket. To touch the garment in person is to feel its weight and to see the hours of craftsmanship. From afar, the silhouette bears no difference to the curved Lady Dior at happy hour, but comfort takes precedence on this one – and could be paired with another of Chiuri’s comfortable favourites; a white sneaker.
Taking inspiration from the iconic Paris flagship on 30 avenue Montaigne – the one we saw travelling around in a tiny trunk in July – George Street’s newest seasonal boutique is truly something special. The space – which houses the complete women’s and men’s universes – is one to get lost in.
Maybe your Dior shopping experience will take you high above the clouds as well.
Take a peek inside Dior’s seasonal boutique at 345 George Street here.