Unveiled in May 2022 with a spectacular show at Venice Beach in Los Angeles, Kim Jones’ Dior Men’s Cruise 2023 collection (Resort 2023), created in collaboration with Eli Russell Linnetz’s California-based brand ERL, finally hits stores, with a preview launch at Dover Street Market before arriving in Dior boutiques.
The collection is awash with delicately embroidered Bermuda shorts – a perfect marriage of California cool and Parisian elegance – sexy sheer mohair sweaters, sweaters embroidered with crystals and seashells, crinkled suit pants and jersey pants cut wide enough to straddle the boundaries of Paris and Los Angeles.
Further symbolizing the captivating dialogue between the two great cities with thriving art scenes, Dior‘s iconic cannage pattern was reinvented in a quilted variation – in satin and leather – used on the new Skaters B9S and the Dior Saddle Venice bag. This famous bag of the house that was born in 1999 is also reinterpreted on this occasion in a precious “men’s minaudiere” golden and made entirely of metal and quartz.
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“The way of dressing in California has a huge influence on how people around the world dress”, Jones said at the time. “It’s relaxed, it’s about comfort and outdoor life. There’s a certain dress-up to this collection, but it’s not in the classic formal sense, it’s through rich fabrications…it’s almost eveningwear”.