Christian Dior Makes a Case for Dainty Heels & Chunky Oxfords on the Couture Catwalk

Since taking the helm at Christian Dior, Maria Grazia Chiuri has allowed nary a skyscraper heel to walk the runway. The latest haute couture collection for fall ’17 was no exception, with three very distinct shoe styles presented today.

Lo and behold: House signature New Look belted bar jackets or fit-and-flare coats were paired with chunky serrated-sole oxfords, some with belted and burnished uppers plus contrast lacing. The styling and silhouettes called to mind the WWI-era London scenes from the recent “Wonder Woman.” The hefty shoes were also done as a velvet boot, juxtaposed with wafting dresses.

christian dior fall 2017 haute couture Christian Dior fall ’17 at Haute Couture Fashion Week in Paris. REX Shutterstock

Elsewhere, there were flat and clean-cut slip-on sandals, which gave eveningwear a casual élan.  Many showgoers also got the grounded memo, with front-row types such as Jennifer Lawrence, Aymeline Valade and Karlie Kloss also wearing flat sandals and boots. A number of other guests — from Celine Dion to Kirsten Dunst, Natalie Portman, Elizabeth Olsen and Chiara Ferragni — went for straightforward black pointy pumps.

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A low and curved demi-heel version (slightly higher than a kitten) was beaded and covered in textural materials to give a sense of occasion without adding a lot of height. It was a chic finishing touch that even Grazia Chiuri herself made a refined argument for, in all-black, as she took her bow.

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christian dior fall 2017 haute couture Christian Dior fall ’17 at Haute Couture Fashion Week in Paris. REX Shutterstock