Shawn Stussy is essentially the godfather of streetwear. His eponymous brand, Stussy, is known the world over as one of the first-ever streetwear brands to make it on the global stage. While Stussy has already been retired since 1996, he was brought back by none other than Kim Jones on a special Fall 2020 Dior menswear collection.
These rumours have been circulating for months with Jones stating that he used to be dressed head-to-toe in Stussy during his teen years. It comes as no surprise that he would bring Stussy back into the fold since one of Jones’ earliest jobs was at UK’s Gimme 5, a distributor for both Supreme and Stussy.
“There wasn’t much luring,” Stussy told WWD in Paris. “I was just in a good place in my adventure, and he’s in a good place, and the stars just seemed to kind of line up. And if I’m going to come out for the last hurrah, why not with Dior? That’s the way I look at it. It’s the very top of the top. I have nothing but respect.”
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When @dior decided to show in Miami I decided to work with someone I consider an artist, who has impacted generations since he signed his name on a surfboard 40 years ago ! So very excited to see @shawnstussy interpretation of the @dior archives for the show in 2 days – RESPECT
This isn’t the first time that Jones has collaborated with various artists, having already worked with KAWS and Raymond Pettibon in past seasons. Aside from bringing Stüssy back into the foray, Dior has also collaborated with Nike to create the first-ever Air Jordan 1 High OG Dior. Of course, Jones is no stranger to bringing two fashion titans from its respective fields together; the Louis Vuitton x Supreme collaboration is one for the history books.
As for Dior Men’s Fall 2020 collection, it features Stussy as a guest artist for this season. The main theme of the collection focuses on Stussy using his signature “wave print” style and re-imagining Dior’s namesake with it. The inspirations of the Fall 2020 collection derives from the bold colours of Miami’s historic Art Deco architecture. According to Dior, the assemblage is a merger between American and French identities, creating a breeding ground for inspiration and clashes of culture.
Jones builds on Christian Dior’s designs from 1947 with a special focus on Stussy’s Californian roots. Bold winter layers make up the bulk of the collection with plenty of knitwear like sweaters and jackets as well as polos and shirts. Accessories were aplenty with french barrettes, ties, and jewellery making up the rest of the ensemble.
The colour palette of the collection carries plenty of vivid hues, notably hibiscus red, pacific blue, and shades of saffron and pastel. This draws inspiration from the buoyant architecture of Miami Beach. The iconic Dior saddle bag also makes a return once again, this time in a metallic limited-edition piece alongside fluid jackets in tropical wools with a youthful spin.
Another noteworthy piece was a pair of loafers that ranges from textured green to all-black that comes stamped with “DIOR” on the front. Other pieces to round up the collection include tote bags, t-shirts, and intarsia knits, all of which comes with premium embroidery and special beading. It’s coloured with floral motifs, checks, and stripes to take on a more laidback look, much like the vibe in California.