It’s the first ‘cruise collection’ Dior has ever done for men. A new landscape, both steeped in tradition and constantly looking forwards, the paradox of contemporary Japan mirrors the identity of a Haute Couture house in the 21st century. It’s inherent interplay of reverence and revolution, a fitting showcase for the sophomore show of Dior Men’s Artistic Director Kim Jones for pre-fall 2019 at the Telecom Centre in Odaiba, Tokyo.
The guest list included the label’s biggest fans, David Beckham, Bella Hadid, Hiroomi Tosaka, Kiko Mizuhara, A$AP Rocky, Kate Moss, Blake Lively and many other celebrities who were dressed in Dior creations.
Inspiration for this inter-season collection drawn from the Japanese cherry blossom used in their prints, and the ultra chic tones of the Tokyo skyline. It was a fitting choice for the pre-fall men’s show as the House of Dior has always showcased Asian influences in their collections for decades. Jones chose to explore not the historical myth of Japan but its modern actuality, referencing both the country’s storied past and its often imagined future. The collection is a symbiosis of the traditional and the new, merging couture methodology with cutting edge technology to create a fresh hybrid.
Themes in the collection gives a hint of what’s could influence the Australian runways next season. So in the meantime, here are some ideas on how to shape our wardrobes for next season based on the looks that glided down the runway.
Tailoring is streamline and utilitarian reminiscent of uniforms. Hints of a kimono drape refitted into Western silhouette tailoring, sensuously wrapping the body and explored in coats in knitwear.
A trio of essential Dior elements – houndstooth tweed, the color pink and the panthere print are expounded, each manipulated and rediscovered. The Panthere print is water colored. Houndstooth tweed is specially woven to appear distressed and age-worn, evocative of an imagined heritage. Dior’s signature rose intensifies to the sakura-pink shade of Japanese cherry blossom combined with an entire palette of the pearl greys.
Abstract patterns of quatrefoil flowers form the architecture of a new print. Furs and lace have been magically meld together, with the resurrection of the diagonal line.
Metalized effects punctuate a wardrobe with a retro-futuristic identity. Metallization techniques in the fabric of furs and leathers that glimmer in iridescent blue and silver, white metallic printed calfskin is laser etched to give it the supple fluidity of silk.
Accessorizing is ‘Street Chic’ with undersized or blown-up pockets like charms, with the choice of saddle bags see the contrasting of neons and leathers
Kim Jones was successful in his quest to draw inspiration from the life of Christian Dior himself, reflecting the intimacy central to haute couture’s enduring appeal.