Dior’s Kim Jones is a multi-faceted genius in his own right. At the heart of the recent Dior Men Pre-Fall 2019 collection, his passion for artistic collaboration shone through. This in turn was manifested by Monsieur Christian Dior’s love for avant-garde art, having run a gallery before forever changing the fashion world with his couture label in 1946. Thankfully, Jones has translated this ingenuity into a collection of Carribean-ready pieces, and you’ll be inclined to pack more than just a couple of them.
The concept of integrating artistic prints into summery clothing is as fresh as a lemonade left under the sun for hours, but Jones didn’t entrust his vision to any artist. Japanese hyperreal sculptor Hajime Sorayama was the perfect man for the job — after all, his erotic fembot sculptures formed the basis of the pre-fall collection.
The Dior Men’s Beachwear 2019 might be Jones’ first take at the segment but he’s on the right track. Two new patterns by Sorayama — ‘Seascape’ and ‘Hawaiian Robots’ — define the capsule, both an eclectic contrast of glossy futurism with wild nature, and an obvious mash-up of the his aesthetic with Jones’ passion for travel and wildlife.
Like any stellar beachwear offering, the collection is a tight edit that ranges from the now-trending Hawaiian shirts and lightweight packable jackets, to Bermuda shorts, beach towels, and silk bandanas. A trio of bag styles — the cabal, belt-bag, and Dior ‘Roller’ — are rendered in the same kitsch, as are an updated version of Dior’s Oblique sneakers.
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