Further setting the wheels of change in motion, Maria Grazia Chiuri sets into an unflinchingly blue direction for her sophomore Dior collection. Last season, the first female lead of the storied maison rejuvenated the house code’s femininity with a dash of blatant feminism. This time, Chiuri’s ‘blue period’ led her Dior woman to have a taste of the utilitarian badassery. Here’s what you might have missed.

1. BLUE IS THE NEW BLACK
“Among all the colours, navy blue is the only one which can ever compete with black, it has all the same qualities,” wrote Monsieur Christian Dior in his revered The Little Dictionary of Fashion. The 68-look affair was presented in navy blue shades that range from blue cerulean to lapis.

2. DIOR DENIM REALNESS
Taking a dip into raw-cuffed jeans, blue collar worker-inspired jumpsuits and even the Canadian Tuxedo, Chiuri’s statement is loud and clear: Dio(r)evolution means real business.

3. THE MONOGRAM IS BACK
Forget subtlety, forget understatement. Logomania is here to stay. Chiuri continues with the serious 00’s nostalgia, diving head-first into the John Galliano-era archives. Bags, jackets, waistbands, straps — anything goes, really

4. THE BERET REVIVAL IS IN FULL SWING
The beret gets a modern update with black leather. Besides functioning as a chic headgear, it now doubles up as the tasteful accessory option in making a not-in-your-face political statement.

5. BAD ‘GAL’ FROWNS
Held at Musée Rodin, the Dior show had long-time favourites Rihanna and Kate Moss in attendance — both bedecked in berets. Apparently, they got the memo.

Images & Video: Christian Dior