UPDATE: Dior‘s Fall/Winter 2019 has finally hit the stage. For the presentation, Men’s Creative Director Kim Jones let his models down the runway in a standstill position but for good reason — they all came down a conveyor belt floor where attendees can see all the garments at a steady pace.
One of the main themes in Jones’ newest range is his ongoing artist collaboration. Previously, we saw Dior link up with creatives such as KAWS and Hajime Sorayama but this time around, Raymond Pettibon gets the nod for the latest collective. You’ll see some of the artist’s motifs emblazoned on jackets, knits, tees, sweaters amongst other pieces. As for the overall look of the designs, we have Jones in rare form, especially in the color side of things. He went for more muted, almost dark and murky tones that were then energized by bursts of color from the graphics, patterns and highly technical fabrics.
Proportions varied as oversized outerwear, tailored leather jackets and puffers were standouts. Alyx’s Matthew Williams’ work also makes a cameo in the buckled pieces that gave the collection a more techwear/functional feel.
Dior‘s Fall/Winter 2019 presentation is nearly upon us, but before the latest Kim Jones designs take the runway in Paris, we went backstage to see what the menswear creative director has cooked up. Along with the familiar ALYX rollercoaster buckles, the new offering incorporates Raymond Pettibon designs even more seamlessly than past Dior artist collaborations with KAWS and Hajime Sorayama.
Muted colors inform the slightly-tweaked menswear staples like trench coats and sweaters, with technical nylon and intelligent color-blocking yielding a sophisticated blend of classic items and technical detailing. Understated leopard print — an oxymoron if there ever was one — makes for a strong counterpoint to the shirts that feature stunning sequin realizations of Pettibon’s No Title (She Must Know…) from 2010. Along with the trim suiting, dark slacks and occasional statement pieces, the strong array of accessories runs the gamut from technical hiking sneakers to new patterned B23 sneakers to male iterations of Dior’s iconic saddle bag, abetted by paint-splattered carryalls, gunmetal grey wallets and Yoon Ahn‘s latest jewelry offering — “CD”-emblazoned safety pins, lock-and-chain necklaces and a stylized “DIOR” pendant.
Check out the exclusive looks above and stay tuned for the runway show to debut today at 12 PM EST.
Elsewhere, Dior recently launched its latest drop of KAWS gear.
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