Kim Jones separated himself from a decade of ‘’Dior Homme’’ and its super-skinny silhouette with a new name, a fresh, boxier cut and the Eighties-inspired version of the future.
The Dior Men’s Pre-Fall 2019 by Kim Jones was held in a towering circular space inside a steel and glass building on an island of reclaimed land in Tokyo Bay. The atmosphere turned from corporate tech to nightclub in an instant with a technicolour laser show taking place by Japanese contemporary artist Hajime Sorayama’s nearly 40-foot-tall (nearly 12 meters) metallic sculpture of a sexy female robot figure, which began construction in mid-September.
The Jones’s inspirations came mainly from the history of the house. He chose three codes from the Dior archives – houndstooth, the panthère print and the color pink – and reimagined them for today. He also revisited the iconic Tailleur Oblique, as in his first outing for Dior when he presented midnight-blue and bubblegum-pink versions of it.
The collection was heavily based on tailoring, but also styled to suit today’s street-inspired trends. Thus, masterful tailoring was merged with robotic, silver jewellery and silicone skin tags by Yoon Ahn and utilitarian belt buckles designed by Matthew Williams – some of these suits were paired with baseball caps. Houndstooth suits were tucked into high-top sneakers. And even the more traditional suits were modernized with two tones of gray, a single-button, cross-over closure, or a wide stripe of a contrasting color running vertically down both pieces.