Photos courtesy Dior.
The escaramuzas are traditional Mexican women riders who have claimed the right to participate in the charreada—an equestrian practice of performing several challenging routines before a crowd— just as the male riders do. With their strong sculpted bodies clad in costumes that emphasize their femininity (full skirts, embroideries, bright colors, large hats and flowers), these women proved an inspiration to Maria Grazia Chiuri, the artistic director of the Dior women’s collections. For the 2019 cruise collection, she interpreted these elements, combining tradition and freedom in a contemporary way.
Ample and extravagant skirts are worn with fitted jackets and high belts that accentuate the narrowness of the waist. The collection is punctuated with materials such as the French classic: toile de Jouy, which has been revisited and modernized, its picturesque scenes featuring a series of wild animals, including tigers and serpents. Lace, layered in pleated flounces or perfectly rounded, is set off by black rubber boots that contrast with the more contemporary elements: transformed tulle skirts and Bar jackets possess an assertive air.