A Texan-heavy landscape provided the perfect backdrop for the Dior x Travis Scott spectacle that unravelled in Paris last season; and even though fashion may still be getting over the grandioseness of the show's production, Kim Jones has since turned his head (and talents) to work on the Dior Men's A/W 21 collection which debuted earlier this year.
Relying on an old-time collaborator of the house, Jones has turned to British artist Peter Doig, choosing to swap the signature Dior monogram motifs in favour of camouflage prints and sketches synonymous with Doig's style and aesthetic - making new meaning of the concept 'wearable' art.' The painter's vivid brush strokes have been brought to life in the campaign thanks to photographer Rafael Pavarotti.
Speaking of Pavarotti's genius, Jones said in a statement, 'Rafael Pavarotti really gave a contemporary twist to this Dior Men’s Winter 2021-2022 campaign. The photographs are like paintings, with a colour palette inspired by Peter Doig’s universe. It’s a mix between modernity and poetic melancholy.'
The collection itself pays homage to the house's ceremonial foundations; bowler hats and berets (courtesy of Stephen Jones) are styled with boxy silhouettes. The house's classic saddle bag is also reimagined, revealed in two new styles; a Canneteille version and a camouflaged design. Calling upon Dior collaborator and jewellery design director for Dior, Yoon Ahn, the men's jewellery compliments the collection, paying tribute to renaissance cameos and officers' medals. Inspirations and ideas from many of Dior's collaborators are woven together, creating a collection that - despite bursting with the ideas of many creatives at once - stays true to what Dior has always been about: style, innovation and creativity.