In the second year of Kim Jones’ tenure as the Artistic Director of Dior Men’s Collection, he continues to explore the notion of the past and the future. For Dior Men’s summer 2020 collection, Jones collaborates with multidisciplinary American Artist Daniel Arsham, whose work examines the archaeology of the present. Dior Men shows that the legacy is continually being created.
Contrasting to Arsham’s sculptures, Jones created a supple, fluid, gently structured, and featherweight outfits, but still combined with working methodologies and characteristics that evoke sculptural origins.
Jones once again showcases his impeccable taste and design to create romantic elements in each Dior Men outfits that are seen in sun-bleached neutrals colour range or intense colour hues for tailored pants, tactical tops, and outerwear.
TOTEMS IN DIOR MEN
What’s a Dior collection without a little superstitious element? The notion of luck and the magical properties ascribed to physical objects were part of Christian Dior’s ideological make-up. Elements of Dior – both hallmarks of the House and incidental pieces that express its physical actuality – here become emblematic relics. Items were drawn from Monsieur Dior’s Studio – his clock, his telephone – have been cast by Daniel Arsham, reminiscent of the artist’s future relic series.
DIOR MEN X RIMOWA
In Dior Men’s summer 2020 collection, Jones also collaborates with the luxury luggage brand, Rimowa. Presenting its first unique capsule collection with the brand, Dior created a backpack, a champagne case, a hand case, a clutch, and a cabin suitcase, which are characterised by the German House’s iconic alumunium style.
Forged with craftsmanship and expertise, the special-edition Dior and Rimowa collection features the Dior Oblique motif and uses an innovative combination of anodising processes, whereby vibrant pigments are inscribed directly into the product’s aluminium skin, lending the design a high complexity of reflective, lasting colours that celebrate the spirit of the material as the building block of the collection.
DIOR NEO CLASSICS IN SUMMER 2020 COLLECTION
Introduced twenty years ago as part of the SS2000 in haute-couture collection, the newspaper print is reintroduced once again in collaboration with Daniel Arsham.
The reinvention of the Saddle Dior bag continues. Its curves adapted as storm-flaps on coats, and draped volant sashes introduced for winter 2019-2020 evolve. The bags will be 3-D printed, in limited edition. The Dior logo is transposed, it becomes a façade, letters raised, with cracks and fissures worked into the surface of the cloth, worn by models walking through a desert scene filled with other monumental monoliths to Dior.
Toile de Jouy Pattern
Jones keeps using the House’s glorified pattern of the seasons, Toile de Jouy, which are hand-painted by Kimono craftsmen from Kyoto, Japan.