Maria Grazia Chiuri

Dior Champions Somali Boxer Ramla Ali and 7 Other Athletes for its Sportswear Line

Dior Champions Somali Boxer Ramla Ali and 7 Other Athletes for its Sportswear Line

Ramla Ali in Dior Vibe. Photo: Courtesy of Dior
Creative director Maria Grazia Chiuri offered her unique take on sportswear to the world when she presented the Dior Vibe line as part of the fashion house’s Cruise 2022 collection. Including movement-friendly pieces such as leggings, jackets, and futuristic running shoes, the line is inspired by the freedom of sports, and so, who better than the world’s rising athletes to model it?
Sun Yiwen. Photo: Courtesy of Dior
In a series of photos captured by Dan Beleiu, Wang Ziqian, Min Hyunwoo, and Harry Eelman, the French house highlights eight sports stars including Somali boxer Ramla Ali. As an amateur boxer, she became the first Muslim to win an English title before deciding to represent Somalia in 2017. She would go on to make history in 2021 as the first Somali woman to compete in the Olympics.
Nadia Nadim. Photo: Courtesy of Dior
The series of images also feature Afghan-Danish soccer player Nadia Nadim, Greek athlete Athina Koini, Italian prima ballerina and director of Rome Opera House Ballet Eleonora Abbagnato, Chinese national team fencer Sun Yiwen and surfer Darsea Liu, Korean figure skater and Olympic champion Yuna Kim, and American skateboarder Briana King. Each athlete is photographed in their chosen fields, sporting key pieces from the line that feature the Dior Étoile, Dior Athlet, and Dior Oblique motifs, as well as the Dior Vibe bags.
Eleonora Abbagnato. Photo: Dan Beleiu/ Courtesy of Dior
Unveiled at the Panathenaic Stadium in Athens, the Dior Cruise 2022 collection is an ode to sports, but more importantly, women’s liberation brought about by them. “Sport has played a great role in the emancipation of women,” the designer shared after the show. “I think we need to remember that women have had to fight to play their favorite sports… [and] that fight still goes on today.”
Birana King. Photo: Courtesy of Dior
In an unexpected yet natural next step, the fashion house also collaborated with Technogym on a line of limited edition home fitness products: a treadmill, a wellness ball, and a multifunction bench, all emblazoned with the unmistakable Christian Dior logo.
Athina Koini. Photo: Courtesy of Dior
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Everything to Shop from Dior’s Gold Ramadan Offering

Everything to Shop from Dior’s Gold Ramadan Offering

Photographed by Mazen Abusrour
Warm hues with golden undertones don’t just hark to the desert sands but also the textiles whipping in the wind. The Dior Gold Ramadan capsule, designed by creative director Maria Grazia Chiuri, has landed. “I wanted to design a special capsule for a region whose atmosphere, colors, and culture I find fascinating,” she says. “When I had the opportunity to visit, I spoke with some extraordinary women who really helped me to understand the region better. It’s important for me to deepen my knowledge through careful research, which then allows me to design a series of pieces that express the Dior brand identity as well as my own sensibility, in order to connect directly with the desires, tastes, and needs of the people who live there and call it home.”
Photographed by Mazen Abusrour
Having visited the region and connected with locals, Chiuri shares that these conversations led to design the series of pieces that express the Dior brand identity as well as her own feelings. Her ideas stemmed from the Dior codes that evoke the colors and vitality of the Middle East. “For me, gold embodies the house’s daring and timeless creativity, so I decided to reinterpret some of Dior’s iconic pieces and styles by enriching them with the vibrant power of this color that is both dazzling and inviting,” she says.
Photographed by Mazen Abusrour
Shop dresses and skirts in tulle, silk, or mesh, with embroidery; the J’Adior 8 T-shirt, a tribute to Monsieur Dior’s lucky number – the maison Dior is located at 28 avenue Montaigne in the 8th arrondissement in Paris. There is also the Palto jacket, which sculpts the waist, and accessories like the Dior Book Tote, also available in a mini format, the Lady Dior, the Saddle (left), the DiorTravel vanity, and the Dior Caro. This latest bag features Dior’s signature cannage and is embellished with a CD link chain, while its embroidery features metallic threads creating fine stripes; a couture-like addition. Shoes like the J’Adior pumps, Walk’n’Dior sneakers, Dway mules, and Dior Granville espadrilles are also offered in neutral, soft hues that celebrate light. “An ode to the precious, even sacred, dimension of femininity,” Chiuri muses, adding that stoles, bracelets, and a belt signed Christian Dior finish the capsule with romantic and refined flair. “The Middle East represents a middle ground – geographically, and also therefore culturally. It’s an extremely rich area in terms of traditions, fueled by a strong passion for beauty and quality,” considers Chiuri. Shop the exclusive series in all Dior boutiques in the Middle East set within dedicated pop-ups. There will also be a popup store in Riyadh, and on the Dior website in the UAE.

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Originally published in the April 2021 issue of Vogue Arabia

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