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Dior shines a spotlight on Puglia artisans with Cruise 2021 collection

Dior has unveiled its Cruise 2021 collection with a spectacular show in the small Italian town of Lecce.

The show was a celebration of the magical beauty of arts and crafts, with the 90-look collection using materials created by local artisans. In a special tribute to her father’s homeland, creative director Maria Grazia Chiuri chose to put a spotlight on the craftspeople of Puglia.

“We are a company that works with people across the world. So many people depend on our work,” Chiuri said.

“It’s a collective project that involves many people, and I found a great sense of sisterhood and brotherhood among these people who, despite all the difficulties, and this general sense of not knowing and not understanding, decided to work with me anyway.”

Lecce’s Piazza del Duomo provided a striking setting for the presentation of the collection, thanks to a ‘luminarie’ backdrop created by multidisciplinary artist Marinella Senatore.

You can watch the entire show here, and see our favourite looks from the collection below.

Prada Men’s SS 20/21 & Women’s Resort

Prada has revealed its latest collection via a short film.

It’s been six months since fashionistas flocked to the fashion capitals of the world to sit front row and watch as new collections were paraded down the runway. Live runway shows feel like a thing of the past now with the COVID-19 irrevocably changing the fashion world as we know it. Over the last week, high fashion brands including Dior, Chanel and Viktor & Rolf have turned to digital mediums to bring their haute couture collections to life.

One can hazard a guess that it probably wasn’t the way Miuccia Prada had anticipated she would reveal her final solo collection for Prada – Raf Simons will join her at the helm as co-creative director later in the year. But last night Prada’s latest collection was revealed in digital format.

Aptly titled ‘The Show That Never Happened’ – a reference to the fashion world’s current predicament – Prada showcased the collection via a short film broken into five chapters.  The collection – Prada’s spring/summer 2020 and women’s resort collection – was interpreted through the lenses of five creatives: Terence Nance, Joanna Piotrowska, Martine Syms, Juergen Teller and Willy Vanderperre.

According to the fashion house, the collection draws attention back to clothes: ‘simple clothes, with a use and value, a longevity and a place within people’s lives,’ reads the accompanying press statement. ‘As times become increasingly complex, clothes become straightforward, unostentatious, machines for living and tools for action and activity,’ it continues.

Discover some of the must-see looks from the collection in the gallery below.

Watch The Show That Never Happened below.