Fashion
  • Text Jake Hall
  • Photography Sara Cimino
  • 23rd June 2019

Life in pink

At the centre of Dior’s candy pink SS20 menswear show-space were the four letters of the brand’s name, reworked as crystal-studded stone sculptures whose smoothness had been chipped away, eroded over time. These sculptures – created by multidisciplinary artist Daniel Arsham – gave a glimpse into the mind of artistic director Kim Jones, who spent this season fascinated by “the notion of the relic – the idea of constant evolution, investigation and creation of history.”

For Jones, this meant examining Dior codes through a futuristic lens. Classic tailored jackets were smoothed and rounded, sometimes accompanied by sashes which spilled out from beneath hemlines. Mesh shirts and tees came emblazoned with splashes of rust and cobalt watercolour print, whereas steely, aluminium clutches, cases and backpacks were borne of another collaboration, this time with German luxury brand RIMOWA.

This fusion of past and future was most evident in a standout jumpsuit, whose print bore the blue-and-white motifs of ancient Chinese porcelain. But perhaps the collection highlight came in Jones’ interpretation of Galliano’s iconic newspaper print, reworked into a short all-in-one and teamed with a mini-bag strewn around the model’s neck. Details like these mark Jones’ Dior, which looks to the past without ever losing sight of the future.