Two Dior shows in two days? Yes please. As the creative director of Dior Homme has proven time and time again since his appointment in 2018, Kim Jones has an adoration for collaboration. What’s not to love, as great minds think and then design alike, new genres of fashion are born as a result of colliding tastes. Dior’s show with Denim Tears is nothing but a testament to this – exploring the more casual side of couture.
Whereas, day two of Dior wanted to give us space. As in quite literally – with models walking in out-of-this-world printed ensembles. To get the full picture, keep reading…
DRY YOUR DIOR TEARS
December 2nd saw Dior showing a collaborative capsule collection at the Grand Egyptian Museum in Cairo. Working with Denim Tears, the event’s contents were ‘guest-edited’ by Tremaine Emory – the founder of DT and Supreme’s current creative director. With an extravagant setting and sleek setup, three wooden blocks, which descended in height, acted as the runway. The models entered, lined up equidistant on these blocks and showed off the fruits of this collaboration.
At first glance, the collection maintained the casual elements of streetwear – while intertwining luxury design. From knitted sweater vests, and mid-denim-coloured ensembles to camel brown, long jackets and loosely fitted white suits – the capsule sophisticatedly combined the two styles. Knitwear played a crucial role in the show, with crocheted hats and even fringed ponchos bringing a joyful jolt of colour to the scene. Denim pieces were printed, with the Denim Tears’ iconic cotton wreath print now as a peace sign, overlaying the classic Dior monogram. With a print matched zip-up jacket and slip-on monogrammed shoes, the capsule makes sure you can show off that print in any way you want.
While the inclusion of delightful, white dungarees and brown crossbody leather bags – the star of this show has to be its footwear. Despite drawing on Dior’s signature low-slung silhouettes, the collection’s shoes treaded on new turf. Imagined in a series of materials, colours and patterns – the collection’s sneakers spoke to the Denim Tears collaboration with Converse in 2020. Found in block colouring on the heel and toe, with suede uppers and Dior bumper panel, the sneaker is finalised in a colour combination of stripes along the side.
DIOR’S FALL 2023 MENSWEAR SHOW
Yesterday evening, creative director of Dior, Kim Jones, was dressing geezers at the Giza pyramids. Accompanied by the striking backdrop – the runway was hooked and lit up in a warm yellow hue. Parked closely behind the scenes, the wonders loomed. The show opened and models began walking, all styled in ensembles dominated by cooler tones. Feather greys and off-whites nicely off-set the warmer mood of the set and atmosphere of the environment.
Mesh was present, with pieces reminiscent of a beekeeper’s head net – in the best way. Bright colours made their announcement with a yellow, knitted, short sleeve top – with a black mountainous scene scrawled on its front. This shade of yellow, which tiptoes towards a mustard, was also found on a longline, collared coat and double zipped waterproof jacket. Meshed scarves pulled behind the model’s shoulders created a wonderful ponytail illusion when they walked as it streamed behind them.
Girls may be from Venus, but Dior’s menswear is from Mars. From the collection’s styling to its setting – the show had an air of space age chic. The collection in part had an air of androgyny – with knee length, pleated half skirts, stitched to the waist of suit trousers. Every model had eyes hidden behind Dior sunglasses – with some styles calling on cyclist-esque eyewear, others walking in asymmetric and pointed frames.
Ankle high boots in beige and greyish green were found stomping their way down the runway. With thick, softly spiked soles, and a layered, tech-wear teasing makeup – the footwear tied in perfectly with the show’s energy. Part knitted, part silk tops in a gingham golf playing style were found in two colourways, somehow the mismatched patterns and tones complementing one another.
During the few final pieces of the collection – a new, bolder print began to make itself known. As a constellation printed fabric launched onto the runway, the show’s space feel was surely affirmed. Hooded jackets, turtlenecks and longline coats were designed using this graphic style – with a galaxy print teased earlier on Dior’s Instagram story as they began the countdown to the show. Altogether, Dior was once more out of this world.
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