Maria Grazia Chiuri's Fall 2018 collection for Dior Haute Couture was like no other. It was spectacularly more lowkey compared to ghosts of Dior Haute Couture past, case in point John Galliano's illustrious (and culturally appropriative) designs and Raf Simon's Sterling Ruby-printed evening gowns. No, this collection was all about the essence of couture, without the smoke and mirrors.
Of course, not everyone was too fond of Chiuri's aesthetic choices this season — the Italian designer could not escape the wrath of the ever-discerning duo that is Diet Prada, while also sparking debates among fashion nerds everywhere in the form of one question: can couture be minimalist? In an exclusive sit-down interview, Dior's Artistic Director explains that yes, it can, and yes, it is still beautiful.