Kim Jones likes to make each Dior collection for men unique, thanks to great collaborations with relevant artists such as Sorayama, Kaws, or recently with Travis Scott for the summer 2022 collection. The Dior fall 2021 is under the skies of the artist Peter Doig, a painter from the Magical Realism movement, known for his vibrant and enigmatic artworks, inspired by his life in Trinidad and Tobago.
Its artistic duet gives Dior a contemporary and unique vision of the masculine wardrobe. Mixing codes of haute couture and casual wear, Kim Jones takes inspiration this season from the ceremonial garb extravagance, the French Fine Academy particularly. The show opens with a black cashmere coat magnified by 1,200 hours of embroidery work. Creating the link between past and present, the embroidery, made of faceted crystals and metallic yarns, is inspired by the Rosella dress, a Dior Haute Couture archive from Marc Bohan in the sixties.
The models walk as a Dior fantasy army in a Peter Doig-inspired set: a painted starry night with giant speakers. A reference to Kim and Peter's interest in music and The Dream Girl, painted by Doig. Formal looks in the collection remind military suits: passementerie star medals decorate jackets, gallon adorned pants, straight and fluid cuts, open on the ankle to see the brand new Dior puffy boots, with a specific design between the snow boot and the hiking boot, starring the Dior monogram. Riding boots get sporty soles to be easy to wear in the street as sneakers.
The painter's creative touch for Dior is subtle and immersive: we recognise the palette of his paintings, from the very bright yellow or orange to indigo, burgundy, and plumb. Clothes come to life directly from his paintings. The Judas lion from Rain at Port of Spain adorns an oversized scarf, and a multicolour hand-knitted cashmere sweater and a white tricot hat take life from the famous painting Two trees (2017). A series of Dior fashion collectors that many men already want to have in their wardrobe.