The Unforgettable Dior Homme Show at Paris Men's Fashion Week
Another highly anticipated show at Paris Men's Fashion Week was the Dior Homme show that many had been looking forward to all week. Not only did the show live up to many high fashion expectations, the collection was a resounding success, then again; how could it not be, as it involved a prince, a talented artist and a double debut. Which in short means, that the House of Dior had in its wings a multitude of talented individuals working together to present a fresh take on the future of fashion from this global powerhouse.
From the centrepiece of the circular set to the graphic take on the maison's iconic bee by KAWS (Brian Donnelly), the ambiance of the show had just the right amount of art that added some modern essence to a collection inspired by Dior couture, Mr. Dior and the early days of the House of Dior. Kim Jones' debut collection exhibited a softer approach to tailored menswear.
Incorporating pastel short suits, unstructured coats and loose shapes. What was a real favourite was the side buttoning suit which was innovative of Jones to include in the collection. Denmark's Prince Nikolai opened the show, leading one ensemble after another that included sheer vests, lots of white, soft florals as well as darks, a pop of colour here and there, all emoting an elegance, whimsical feel and refined look that is synonymous with the image of Dior. What also caught everyone's attention was the masculine version of the label's iconic saddle bag.
Another individual to make a debut with Dior was Yoon, a jewellery designer who presented dog bone pieces that added some bling. The CD buckles used in the show on belts and caps were designed by Matthew Williams of Alyx.
While it has already been established that the Dior show was a huge success, well received, scoring big points on innovation, style, accessorizing and presentation, a few highlights do need special mention for sure. From the interesting use of soft hues to pale prints, deep florals and unexpected detail such as the side buttoning suit to impressive accessorizing like the buckles, the trending teddy and the cool shaped bags in different sizes, not forgetting the keychain hung on a few model's belts. The footwear too was spot on and the styling overall... Complete!
So it's totally safe to say that with Kim Jones around, Dior has comfortably sailed stylishly into the future. Surely this is only the beginning of a long and innovative journey that will always be a treat for all.
Images Gio Staiano
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