At Christian Dior designer Maria Grazia Chiuri looked to nature and the garden, an oft-sited and traditional Dior reference, with a new perspective. To evoke natural beauty and softness Mr. Dior softened silhouettes, rounded shoulders, curved hemlines and incorporated floral patters and flowers in his collections. Christian Dior’s sister Catherine, a career gardener and botanist inspired Chiuri to bring a couture-ease to the many utilitarian silhouettes in the collection. Even when showing stunningly printed and delicately embroidered lace gowns the gardens unruly and wild beauty thematically harmonizes with nature in the stunning and masterful handcrafted finishing. The collection’s predominant color is natural. The color of hay and raffia, often overprinted with black ‘painted’ plaid, stripes and climbing floral vines. Perfect sky blue shirts that collectively recall the rolling vistas in Provence often accompany this sun-kissed and grounded ‘neutral.’ Long dresses are fuller and sweep with movement, as do the mid-length and mini skirts and full shorts in the collection. Jackets are boxy, untailored and ‘coverall’ in design to pronounces function first while de-emphasizing flouncy femininity. Hand-dyed denim, tied-died and batik prints are sprinkled throughout this organic collection as well as a few less romantic and bolder ensembles, yet each look finds its ground in the garden. Christian Dior.