There is something wildly sexy and endlessly interesting about the French Resistance, a legion of underground dissidents that fought behind enemy lines for Liberté, égalité and fraternité.
Born in the backstreets of the city of love, standard issue silhouettes, workwear and uniform androgyny were celebrated this season as Dior’s newly inaugurated creative director; Maria Grazia Chiuri paid tribute to a forgotten squad of romantic revolutionaries with her AW17 showcase at Paris Fashion Week.
With conflict-free functionality and incognito colour ways making their debut on runways across the fashion sphere, Chiuri wasn’t the only one to defy convention with off-beat parade classics. Yeezy, Céline and Gucci all joined step with freshly-pressed seams, dutifully shined leather shoes and inspection-ready tailoring that saluted armed forces utility.
One striking difference between the milieu of military references and paraphernalia was a statement outfit topper we couldn’t keep our eyes off, the leather beret.
Inspired by the innocence and allure of lads on leave, the only accessory worth investing in this season is the beret. Packed with boyish charm and off-duty overtones, a luxury black bonnet adds a touch of rebellious romance ‘à la resistance’ to any ensemble. Referenced throughout the ages by beatniks, artists and avant-gardists, the humble beret returns to its military roots with a smart and altogether formal allure for AW17. The new standard issue style to pair with 19th-century curls and off-camo hues, forget the satirical whimsy of Breton tops or baguettes and stand easy with this alluring outfit topper.
Born from a defiant attitude to street style, Chiuri’s vision for today’s woman lies in her inherent power of persuasion. Styling this trend with a no-comply attitude to daily dressing, leather accessories call for an affronted take on style, holding runway trends to ransom with a fresh and unpredictable combination of colours and silhouettes.
Working with a striking shade of burnt orange, our luxury Hepburn shirt is the ideal statement piece to kick start this unruly fashion narrative. Worn tucked into the waistband of this high-waisted leather skirt, this confident combo offers the everyday dresser a chance to subvert the status quo thanks to its bold contrasts and form-flattering shape.
Styled with a lookalike beret that mimics the dainty yet dangerous woman within, we’ve styled this front row favourite with a vintage-inspired pocket book bag and angular leather boots with a contrasting heel. A new-wave feminist uniform with an accessory that is less Girl Scout and more Girl Interrupted, this leather accessory has one resounding message that has left us feeling fired up about seasonal style: Don’t mess with the Dior girl.
Pre-order the Dior leather beret online from July.
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