News Awards & Events Fashion Week Checkerboards, Bridal Inspiration, and Other Takeaways from Dior Haute Couture By Ruthie Friedlander Ruthie Friedlander Twitter Ruthie Friedlander is a New York-based writer, editor, and founder of the At Large Agency. She is also the co-founder of The Chain, a non-profit eating disorder support system for women in fashion and entertainment. InStyle's editorial guidelines Updated on January 22, 2018 @ 02:30PM Pin Share Tweet Email Photo: Stephane Cardinale/Corbis/Getty Images Couture week has started off with a bang, a spider-webbed bang, to be specific. Earlier today in Paris, Maria Grazia Chiuri sent her Spring Summer 2018 Couture collection down a checkerboard runway, and it had everything we love about a couture show: drama, a bit of oddity, glamour, and Fashion (with a capital "F"). Here are our takeaways from today's couture show. 01 of 05 The color scheme Stephane Cardinale/Corbis/Getty Images When I can't figure out what to wear, I go to the black section of my closet. It's just easier to work with. Typically, what I love about couture shows is how free designers feel to play around with color, texture, and pattern. Only Dior could do a black and white only show with a checkerboard floor and still make it feel dynamic. 02 of 05 The message Stephane Cardinale/Corbis/Getty Images Maria Grazia Chiuri made fashion history when she sent models down the runway wearing a t-shirt boldly announicng, "We Should All Be Feminists." This empowering message has rung true throughout each of her collections, and this couture show is no exception. Tattooed on the collar bones of her model: powerful words like "liberty" and "love". 03 of 05 The beauty Stephane Cardinale/Corbis/Getty Images The it-girls of the 60's all tried to mimic Twiggy's super mod, spider lashes. And the Dior couture woman is, too. She's all like, BRING IT ON, when it comes to eye makeup. Think Twiggy x 10. 04 of 05 The masks Stephane Cardinale/Corbis/Getty Images Masks have so much significance in fashion. They can be worn for protection. They can be worn for trickery. They can be worn for entertainment. And now, thanks to the couture masks at Dior today, they can be worn for chicness. 05 of 05 The bride Stephane Cardinale/Corbis/Getty Images In the late 1940's and 50's, couture designers began showing a bridal look as the finale to each show, creating a long-standing tradition that fashion insiders look forward to twice a year. These aren't your typical Kleinfeld bridal dresses. They're out-there, often weighing upwards of 12 pounds, and made from the most ornate fabrics and materials. This season's Dior bride is no exception. She is a bird, ready to take flight, fully equipped with a hood in case of any weather type emergency.