A showcase which sought to celebrate navy as fashion's warmest colour proved the highlight of Paris Fashion Week today as Maria Grazia Chiuri unveiled her second collection for Dior.
Paying close attention to the fashion house's illustrious archive, the Italian designer sought to pay homage to the hue which was among Monsieur Dior's favourites.
"Among all the colours, navy blue is the only one which can ever compete with black, it has all the same qualities," he wrote in The Little Dictionary of Fashion.
To this end, Grazia Chiuri's sophomore ready to wear collection offered Dior fans a complete wardrobe - from day dresses to ballgowns - bathed in the universally flattering shade.
Inspired by the 'Chevrier' look from Dior's haute couture autumn/winter 1949 collection, the designer presented a series of velvet dresses, bomber jackets and capes which featured an interpretation of the original hood.
The iconic Bar jacket also received a new look, overlain with a hooded cape or crafted from technical taffeta.
As the first female creative director to take the helm of the prestigious house, the former Valentino designer was committed to bringing a broad breath of choice to her customer.
Keen to expand the label's appeal far and wide, the showcase also sought to explore the role of the colour as a workwear staple. As a result, the offering today included denim boilersuits, classic workman jackets and washed chambray shirts.
Of course, this being Dior, these were not the sort of clothes you'd wear to do DIY. These everyday heroes, which came stamped with hand prints, are likely to become the casualwear of choice among Dior's high paying customer.
A pair of heart print court shoes also looked likely to prove catnip to lovers of the label who snapped up her debut Dior branded sling backs last season, as did the logo strap satchels and leather berets worn by every model on the catwalk.
As for those who look to the brand for cater to their black tie requirements, they weren't disappointed. Evening gowns, crafted from glittering tulle or sumptuous velvet and decorated with crystallised cosmos, provided the show with a suitably starry finale.