Kim Jones Debut at DiorFashion26 June 2018
By Bung Bung Mangaraja
It was a moment worthy of attention as the new Artistic Director, Kim Jones, delivered new era of suiting. His works are rich in unequivocally romanticism for Dior Men Summer 2019.
The festivities kicked off at the circular set of Paris’ Garde Republicaine, which was decorated with a huge, 70,000-pink-flowers-embodied sculpture of Monsieur Dior by an American artist Brian Donnelly—known professionally as Kaws. It was a fleur extravaganza indeed, as Jones took the inspiration from the house’s archive and Monsieur Dior’s personal life.
The key look is the Oblique-inspired suit series named Tailleur Oblique, which Jones sent down the runway differently in graceful pastels. The suit is designed to wrap the body diagonally, paying homage to Monsieur Dior and the asymmetric couture dresses in Christian Dior’s Autumn/Winter ’50 collection.
Another new aesthetic approach can be seen in the couture techniques and modern masculinity in tailoring process. They include appliqued feather and bead-embellished shirts, beautiful fabrication of Toile de Jouy, tulle-embroidered and organza trench coats, and screen-printed silk covered by hand-sewn floral. Every piece is drawn from Dior’s personal archive ranging from his first boutique Avenue Montaigne to his dining-ware.
Jones also combined fashion and pop culture’s finest by redesigning the iconic bee motif with Kaws into a more animated version. Plus, a range of sneakers emerged to be their sportswear-infused aesthetic pieces; remarking a fresh start for the new era.
That’s why Jones’ first collection for Dior Men (preceded by Dior Homme) feels more fun, modern, and relaxed than we used to see, mostly when compared to Jones’ predecessor Kris Van Assche.
PHOTOS Courtesy of Dior