Dior recently unveiled Men’s Summer 2019 collection during a show in Paris.
“Drawing inspiration from Christian Dior’s private life and his creative output, the collection represents a dialogue between these two sides of his personality. Couture has inspired the savoir-faire and informed the choice of materials – notably in a reference to the house of Dior itself, through the use of a toile de Jouy chosen for the original boutique at 30 Avenue Montaigne, decorated by Victor Grandpierre in 1947. A new Dior emblem, inspired by this heritage, it appears as jacquards and embroideries, on materials as diverse as tulle and soft leather, and executed in feathers,” says the Dior website.
As per the website, a slashed cowl is added to the back of shirts, exposing the nape of the neck. Combining tradition with modernity, Kim Jones fuses references to haute couture with sportswear, representative of contemporary masculinity. A Dior jacket is executed in featherweight cashmere and summer mohair, as well as in the British wools beloved of Christian Dior for his own wardrobe and those of his clientele. A new Dior jacket, the Tailleur Oblique, wraps the body in a diagonal line, a subtle reference to the shape of Monsieur Dior’s Autumn-Winter 1950 collection.
Floral motifs are a regular in the Dior creations. “They echo both Monsieur Dior’s love of nature, and his “femmes-fleurs”: they are actually drawn from his personal porcelain, the shapes reassembled into contemporary patterns for prints and embroideries. Feather embroideries by Lemarie are overlaid with vinyl, an effect that mirrors the glaze of bone china,” says the website.
The Summer 19 collection also references the profoundly personal and intimate secrets of Monsieur Dior. The jewelry introduces a new Modernist logo derived from the one used for the Dior family’s business ventures in the 1920s; an embroidered cipher comes from the announcement of Christian Dior’s birth in 1905. A series of jackets are seemingly reversed to expose striped linings, and overlays of organza - both silk, and a technical sportswear organza - which allow the insides to be revealed.
The jewelry introduces a new Modernist logo derived from the one used for the Dior family’s business ventures in the 1920s; an embroidered cipher comes from the announcement of Christian Dior’s birth in 1905.
Accessories also draw on the inimitable Dior heritage. The emblematic Dior ‘Saddle’ bag is interpreted for the first time for men, offered in cross-body, backpack and belt-bag styles.
Click on the slideshow for a sneak peek at the collection