Dior’s menswear saw a change of guard last year in March 2018, with Kim Jones replacing Kris Van Assche as it’s artistic director for the ready-to-wear and accessory collections. The biggest question at the time was, will the new artistic director, be able to take the very well put together aesthetic of tailored pieces with hints of edgy streetwear any further? Two shows later the answer is yes and yes!
Kim Jones has not only steered Dior’s menswear into a new, evolved dimension but has done so by reinterpreting the brand’s past.
For his debut Dior Men’s Spring 2019 he solely relied on exquisite tailoring archival specimens and with a 33-foot-tall sculpture of BFF doll created by Brian Donnelly (a New York-based artist, also known as Kaws) on the backdrop, rolled out his line of couture-inspired menswear. Out came baggy skater shorts, pastel outerwear pieces worn with sheer white T-shirts in a Dior oblique logo pattern, coats featuring floral feather embroideries, denim pieces with the embroideries of Dior Bee. He even re-imagined the signature saddle bag as cross-body and belt bag styles.
Jones for his last show made his way to Tokyo’s Telecom Center Building, where he staged his Pre-fall 2019 collection. It was another line up of masterfully tailored pieces comprising of iridescent jacquard suits, bomber jackets, single buttoned dual toned traditional suits and shirts with cherry blossom prints, all this coupled with silver jewellery and silicone skin tags by Yoon Ahn.
His past two presentations have been more than just celebrity loaded spectacles. We have witnessed tailoring at it’s best, softer silhouettes with hints of womenswear inspired couture and an overall element of playfulness which comes to define Jones as a designer.
With his Winter 2019 showcase just a few hours away, we can all sign up for another visual treat. Tune in on January 18th at 10:30 pm to watch the show live.