Summer just keeps rolling on courtesy of Dior and Kim Jones. The French luxury house has just dropped a beachwear capsule that is essentially a tropical holiday wrapped up in an azure blue monogram. This marks the second beachwear delivery from Dior, and the first from current menswear artistic director Kim Jones.
Jones has made it clear that his vision for menswear at Dior is one that involves every strata of lifestyle experience. Tailoring is neatly applied to streetwear as much as the fits and relaxed codes of casual menswear informs the silhouette and styling choices. This similar blending of the genres is what he’s brought to his debut beachwear.
While the succinct capsule has the relaxed fits and silhouettes of a resort collection, the vibe veers slightly more towards elevated outdoorwear. Anoraks and swimwear, gently pleated trousers, ochre shirting and polos carry the range from poolside to pool bar and beyond. It’s a natural progression from the debut showing last year, that focused more on the lounge element. Functionality underpins each piece, effectively creating the perfect holiday hybrid style that will allow you to pack minimally for maximum occasions.
Clothing is accompanied by travel essentials – bucket hats and caps, drink bottles, monogrammed throw and even retro eyewear. But perhaps the most intriguing element of the range is the least visible. To create the line, Jones tapped into his other natural ability – that of the timely collab – and partnered with Parley For the Oceans, a non-profit organisation that works towards improving the health of the oceans and vital waterways. Together, Dior and Parley For The Oceans have transformed the beachwear capsule into an eco-innovative collection. Each garment has been designed from yarns and fabrics provided by Parley Ocean Plastic that were created from upcycled marine plastic debris and fishing gear.
These various materials have been reworked into high performing polyester and technical fibres, along with the house’s signature jacquard and an Adriatic motif from the brand’s back catalogue.
It’s giving: two weeks at Soneva Fushi in the Maldives, don’t email, don’t call.