“People are talking a lot about how young men don’t like wearing tailoring now,” said Kris Van Assche, creative director of Dior Homme in an interview to Vogue.com. “But maybe they’re not giving them the right tailoring. I wanted to concentrate on that.”
What followed was a runway show that featured genre defying outfits: sharp blazers were paired with gloves for a hint of grunge, pin striped pants stopping short at the ankles were worn with boots interlaced with perforated straps.
When pared back though, the looks were still distinctly classic and harks back to the glory days of tailoring. It just goes to show that when it comes to fashion, accessories make the man.
This is something Van Assche knows only too well. The goods this season are conceived with a good dose of stylish grit, invoking a time when men wore tailoring for pop culture and not for business. The inspiration this time around? Music.
The French brand has for instance, collaborated with New York street artist Dan Witz for a print that features a mosh pit. This print is seen on a series of accessories and garments from bags to sneakers, even jackets suits and trousers.
Another key theme running this season much like the mosh pit series is the slogan ‘Hardior’. The phrase is meant to embody the brand’s muse: hardcore techno and one that has snaked its way across the collection by way of embroidery and imprints.
Ultimately, if you’re one who prefers inconspicuous designs yet desire to embody the spirit of Dior Homme this season, donning its accessories would be a good strategy. There’s the series of metallic accessories from the necklaces to bracelets and the keyrings, some of which are imprinted with the words ‘Hardior’.
To add that grunge attitude to your suit, replace your lapel pin with this season’s brooches. This ranges from a giant safety pin to the brand’s iconic badges that spell out ‘Hardior’ and those that bear Dan Witz’s work.
Yet what is fashion art and music without a dash nostalgia? The lucky pendant is stands at the crossroads of these concepts, for it pays homage to Monsieur Dior by featuring three of his lucky charms: a heart shape, a star and a teddy bear in the string of matte black beads.
Perhaps this underground attitude is precisely what it takes for men to suit up without feeling like they’re about to strut into a boardroom. With the right accessories, even donning the stiffest of blazers can still make you feel like a rock star.