How Kim Jones kick-started Dior again
British designer Kim Jones holds the position of creative director of Dior for the third year already. In 2018, he replaced the Belgian designer Kris Van Assch, under whose leadership, let's be honest, the men's Dior collections became slightly tired. In recent years, nothing but black suits have been waiting for us, here and there a fur coat or a piece of streetwear, which didn't really stand out among many others.
In 2018, however, there was a sharp turnaround. Kim Jones took the position of the creative director and things started to happen! The catwalk was suddenly dominated by animal patterns, metallic shades, gloss, berets and even velvet gloves. Kim Jones definitely brings new energy and ideas to this fashion house. And this year is no different. He also hired the Scottish artist Peter Doig, who's lived in Trinidad for almost 20 years.
Connecting the past with the present
The new Dior collection combines inspiration, drawn from the heritage and history of the fashion house, with extravagance. Kim Jones brings trendy uniforms with embroidery and embellishments, inspired mainly by the Académie des Beaux-Arts (male interpretation of couture). The inspiration by army style is obvious at first glance, and in addition to uniforms, the collection also includes trousers with stripes on the sides or trousers tucked into shoes, a camouflage print - in a new and more luxurious design, or badges.
Two animal characters exclusively for Dior
And how did the collaboration with Peter Doig affect the collection? He himself came up not only with the motifs that were used, but also participated in the selection of wool felt hats by Stephen Jones, to which he added captivating hand-painted patterns inspired by his own work, memories and connection with the fashion house of Dior. He also created two special characters especially for the FW2021 collection. The image of Christian Dior's dog Bobby and the image of a lion, which at the same time resembles characters from Doig's own paintings, as well as a masquerade costume created by the designer Pierre Cardin for Christian Dior in 1949.
Under the dominion of colors
The collection is designed in shades of navy and muted blue, brown, gray and nude, which complement the vibrant colors expressing the joy of life - green, orange or bright yellow. It is, after all, along with gray, the color of the year 2021. One more reason to introduce it into your wardrobe! The models are also decorated with artistic details, such as brushstrokes, which were created using embroidery or knitwear and in some cases are even hand-painted.