Moving to French capital for Fashion week, some of the most iconic designers in the world showed off their latest creation for the Fall/Winter 2019. The Dior show showcased a streetwear utilitarian inspired look. The presentation of the new collection was shown on a futuristic conveyor belt designed by Raymond Pettibon, his laser robot in the Pre-Fall show in Tokyo was a teaser for this show. The theme of the show really matched the overall aesthetic of the pieces presented.
All the pieces brought in a very militaristic armor, with pieces looking like tactical jackets with darken muted tones. Many cross-body pieces were features, with half-scarfs and cross body bags, pieces that are both fashionable and practical, inspiration drawn from more workwear style clothing. Structured sport vests and utilitarian workwear was weaved throughout the show, presented in a very elegant display that soften the strictly utilitarian style of the collection. The show still featured a contrast to a more minimalist style, pieces featured zebra and pattern prints, these prints although bold worked well with the more subdued styles. We saw many new types of materials that showed a vision into the future, knitwear was used to produce a tight body formed sweaters and nylon that imitates silk. This blending of heritage and classic styles brings new perspectives on the menswear sees, a much-needed refresh on what menswear can be. Creating a more involved and future forward collection that brings the quality of menswear to a whole new level. It will be interesting to see how these new styles will develop in collections and shows to come.
The collection really showed a groundbreaking and commentary approach to fashion that pushed the envelope of what can be achieved. This rethinking pulls together classic styles and classic pieces reinterpreted in a modern context, however still maintaining the Dior heritage. The style of effortless minimalism really brought together the entire collection in consistent and authentic way. The balancing of heritage styles and modern styles is very difficult, but the designer has done this in a magical innovative way and defining the direction that menswear will be moving forward and how consumers will be interacting with menswear especial since menswear hasn’t been the focus of the fashion community.