Sunday, 29 June 2014

Dior Homme Spring Summer 2015 - Paris Fashion Week SS2015 #PFW

Dior Homme Spring Summer 2015 - Paris Fashion Week SS2015 #PFW
Dior Homme presented their Spring Summer 2015 collection on 28 June 2014 in Paris as part of Paris Menswear Fashion Week Spring Summer 2015. The Dior Homme show was the only show I caught during Paris Fashion Week, and I am glad I had the chance to see it in person. The above "show notes" were left on our seats before the show started, and my initial thoughts were: "gorgeous handwriting, but what did it mean?" 

Kris Van Assche, Creative Director of Dior Homme, was inspired by a letter he found in the archives, written by Christian Dior in the fifties. The letter translates:"Traditions have to be maintained so they can be passed on to future generations. In troubled times like ours, we must maintain these traditions which are our luxury and the flower of our civilisation." ~ Christian Dior

Dior Homme Spring Summer 2015 - Paris Fashion Week SS2015 #PFW
Dior Homme Spring Summer 2015 / Source: Francois Durand/Getty Images Europe

The late couturier's letter formed the basis of the first part of the collection, and the text were inscribed on several pieces of the clothing and accessories. I have always been a fan of typography, I thought the blazers and jackets with Christian Dior's scribblings were really charming. For Fall Winter 2014, lily of the valleys, being Christian Dior's favourite flowers, were featured prominently within the collection. To include the late designer's writings on the collections could not have been more apt, as a tribute to his lasting legacy.

Dior Homme Spring Summer 2015 - Paris Fashion Week SS2015 #PFW
Dior Homme Spring Summer 2015 / Source: Francois Durand/Getty Images Europe

Dior Homme Spring Summer 2015 - Paris Fashion Week SS2015 #PFW
Dior Homme Spring Summer 2015 / Source: Francois Durand/Getty Images Europe

The Spring Summer 2014 Mondrian and Jackson Pollock artistic vibes appeared to have carried on to the new collection. Apparently when Christian Dior was away from Paris, he would often gather together an artistic circle, thereby renewing and recharging creativity. The clichés of the bourgeois businessman and the idiosyncrasies of the bohemian artist were both embraced and formed the second part of the collection.

I thought the collection was really strong and it painted a wonderful tribute to the late couturier. Highlights for me were the textual and painterly jackets. The styling at the show was really strong, and the cuts were modern, slim and flattering. A nice way of moving the house forward but not forgetting  their roots. I can't wait to see and try the pieces up close at some point.

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