The Dior Homme Spring-Summer 2023 collection at Paris Fashion Week – Footwear News
Designer Kim Jones has a knack for finding inspiration in the work of artists, both delving into archives and collaborating with living creators, as he did with Ghanaian artist Amoako Boaf for the collection man summer 21 from Dior.
For Dior’s summer 23 men’s collection, the brand’s artistic director of men’s fashion once again turned to artists – Christian Dior himself, but also the British painter Duncan Grant – to work on the idea. of private spaces as points of inspiration. From Dior’s birthplace in Granville, France, to Grant’s residence in Charleston, Sussex, England, Jones drew directly but also indirectly from Post-Impressionist works to convey an idea of summer elegance. .
The result was a collection that was still decidedly sporty – in a good way; one that is more in tune with modern times than those of Jones’ muses. The collection summarily offered a vision of how a new sporty lifestyle (born out of the pandemic and its life-altering ways) could become just a bit more stylish as the idea of what to wear at day by day continues to change. It also added to the fashionable hiking trend that has been brewing in menswear since 2019.
It all started with shorts. While most major fashion brands feature the shortest cropped hemlines for the Spring 22 and Spring 23 menswear collections, Jones seemed to grasp the need for practicality and modesty, proving once again that he knows menswear. better than most. The shorts were long, just above the knee, and relaxed with relaxed pleats on matching wools and blends. Clothing was instantly sported with logo fanny packs that featured zippers and tech pockets. There was also a series of boxer-style shorts, worn over compression biker shorts.
Up top there were quilted overcoats, anoraks and other pullover jackets but also a series of double-breasted suit jackets – in fact, a riff on Dior’s iconic “Bar” jacket, which has was first introduced for women in 1947. 23 men, the jacket brought a nipped-waist elegance to overall sportiness.
On foot, Jones teamed the suit slacks with a series of rubberized boots that fold down at the ankles to reveal chunky hiking socks, as well as techie and trekkie trail runner sneaker styles. The shoes were matched with bucket hats in cozy teddy accents and wide-brimmed felt hats lined with baseball caps. The latest hiking push came in a series of backpacks with sternum and waist straps and collar pouches to get the message of utility across.
Accessories and silhouettes all evoked an idea of elegant preparation; maybe Jones is suggesting men be ready to hike no matter what the day brings.