Instead of referencing the silver screen sirens of Hollywood past or present, Maria Grazia Chiuri channeled the breathtaking beauty and wide open spaces of the Santa Monica mountains (the Upper Las Virgenes Canyon Open Space Preserve to be exact) for Dior's 2018 Resort show. Just a short drive from Los Angeles’ gridlocked freeways lies a sauvage frontier—one that calls for windswept waves tucked under gaucho hats in lieu of Fall’s black leather berets. “In 1947, [Christian Dior] went to California and San Francisco,” Chiuri told WWD. “He sees that California is like a paradise for European-American people…When we decided to show here, I said, Ok, I would like to do something with a reference to L.A. There is Hollywood of course, and the red carpet, but I think this natural element is very strong.”
Mane master Guido Palau played off burlap bustiers, patchwork duster jackets, and chunky turquoise jewelry with free-flowing waves swept back into loose, romantic braids. The pro capped off curls with a silk scarf wound tightly around the tops of models’ heads so that a brimmed hat could be easily squashed over top. (For those who lack length, try an easy half-up twist like Kiernan Shipka instead.) Makeup artist Peter Philips provided models with little more than subtly flushed cheeks that seemed to glow under the setting sun. The breezy beauty look recalled the untamed spirit of Stands With A Fist (a white woman raised by Native Americans played by Mary McDonnell) in Dances With Wolves. (We can only hope that POTUS and the current administration involved in the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline watched the classic '90s film and learned something—make that anything—about love and respect from Kevin Costner.)
While this Cruise collection felt worlds away from the pumped-up, plastic aesthetic we’ve come to associate with the celebrity set on the West Coast, we can also see them taking a few beauty cues from backstage next time they hike Runyon Canyon. After all, an unfussy plait pairs just as well with Lululemon leggings as it does a designer prairie dress.