From a romantic tribute to Christian Dior during SS19, to a futuristic vision for the Maison for Pre-Fall, Kim Jones has played with the extremes in his last two collections for Dior Men, and tonight, those two worlds came together.
The designer has been sifting through the archives once again, seeking inspiration from the interest of the legendary creative and for Fall 2019 he decided to focus on the arts. He has collaborated with artist Raymond Pettibon on prints, jacquards and hand embroideries. He is continuing to play with the fine line between masculinity and femininity, which is organically taking the brand into the future.
As models glided down the runway on a human conveyor belt, the essence of couture is as ever present. From the draping and architectural outwear, to the use of famed prints such as Pantherè introduced by the founder in 1947, alongside tiger and leopard prints seen on knitwear. This fine craftsmanship is extended into elegant tailoring, some jackets entirely reversible with the lining looking as good as the outside.
The classic and the contemporary meet in the way that Jones works with the fabric; cashmere, silk-satin, and furs, that are combined with technologically advanced materials to give them a high-gloss sheen. Knitwear now resembles moiré, lace is cut into body-hugging pieces, nylon is disguised as silk, all presenting the modern idea of luxury.
Accessories are even stronger this time round with crossbody Saddle bags in nylon, quilted backpacks, cases in Pettibon printed plexiglass designed to fit two iPhones – what more does a man need?
Jone’s confidence is shining through every piece, and we feel Dior Men has a very bright future indeed.