Dior is no stranger to a collaboration and in fact, Kim Jones has become known for his intersection between art and fashion in recent years. Last December, the creative director tapped retired designer Shawn Stüssy for beachy surf styles seen in the current Fall/Winter season. And most recently for Spring/Summer 2021, worked with Ghanaian-born artist, Amoako Boafo, for a romantic-style collection.
It is relevant to note that even during the era of live streaming, Jones has never failed to make statement. Even when you strip the A-list audience bare (make no mistake however, the likes of Kim Kardashian, Robert Pattinson and J Balvin all sported the new season threads). This of course is best displayed in the Dior Men’s Fall 2021 runway which made its debut overnight.
Calling on Kenny Scharf – a 1980’s New York street artist who shared the streets with other legends including Jean Michel-Basquiat and Keith Haring – the artist’s work is now hot property in the art dealing business. Now, his curious characters have provided the cornerstone motif in a hypercoloured, hyperreal presentation. Showcasing a conversation between heritage and technology, Jones explores the space where virtual and reality meet.
Presented on a dark, mirrored floor, intergalactic-like projections form the backdrop for the runway created by French director, Thomas Vanz. Kenny Scharf’s work are translated into prints and embroideries with archival pieces appearing alongside a series of new commissions created specifically for the new collection: denoting the animal characters comprising the Chinese zodiac.
While modernity and futurism underpins the theme for Fall 2021, Dior of course makes a strong nod towards its style heritage – luxury tailoring. Drawing inspiration from Chinese design sensibilities, key styles include tailored coats and single-breasted jackets belted at the waist in homage to the Bar Jacket – a 1947 Christian Dior icon. Offsetting the vibrant prints is a colour palette of cool browns, blues and greys while bright pops of orange and pink elevate the ensembles.
Looks were finished off with Korean-American designer, Yoon Ahn, jewellery in jade and lapis, chrysanthemum blooms served as boutonnieres and tamborin-style berets by Stephen Jones were worn.
Explore the collection below and learn more, here.