The Past Revisited: Presenting Dior Spring 2022 Collection

Through recalibration and reflection of Dior’s design codes, the maison’s Spring 2022 collection reimagines statement pieces from its archives to keep Dior’s legacy alive.

Off-white cotton crewneck knit with “DIOR OBLIQUE” patch, White cotton jersey mockneck long sleeves T-shirt with DIOR embroidery at collar, Navy blue wool cloth coat with metal “CD” buckle belt, Pink wool twill large pants with pleats detail, Saddle belt bag in cream python

The Dior Spring 2022 menswear collection by Kim Jones revisits the past and re-examines the brand’s archives to reaffirm the lexicon that defines the visual vocabulary of the modern Dior man. The archives, like they almost always do, lead to the main character of the story, the persona of Monsieur Dior himself.

Light pink calfskin nubuck short sleeves shirt and laser cut all-over “CD HEART” stripes motif, White cotton faille large pants with ap pockets at back, Saddle soft bag in cream python, Sterling silver “CD ICON” signet ring

In revisiting the many seasons after that have led to the Spring 2022 collection, Kim Jones interprets the looks that Dior left in his legacy and brought them back to life. Inspiration for the collection is taken from as far back as 1947, the year the founder opened his doors for the first time. Elements such as the leopard print motif that was originally shown in the first collection are now woven or knitted, while waists are belted— further defining Dior’s hallmark of superlative tailoring. Floral patterns reference Christian Dior’s love of gardens and nature, while a graphic insignia created by Marc Bohan in the 1960s stylize the famous ‘CD’ initials as a heart. Gentle and subtle, these archival references are embedded in pieces that speak, inherently, to the attire of a modern man—the Dior of now.

Grey nubuck bullskin Harrington with placed “CD HEART” laser cut and covered buttons, Backpack Dior Explorer in beige and white Dior oblique jacquard, “DIORIDER S1U” rectangular shaped sunglasses in matte silver aluminum metal with blue lenses

In a way, this season’s offering embodies the idea that the fashion of today becomes the heritage of tomorrow. This moment of reflection allows Jones to examine his own contribution to the history of Dior. Reflecting his ability to create looks that mix the savoir-faire of the house with his own signature taste that hints at the ease of sportswear, the collection continues Jones’ own story of blending together casual with formal wear.

There’s a mood of transformation and change that come into play throughout the collection. For instance, shearling bomber jackets reverse to reveal contrasting colors while lightweight outerwear pieces compress into the emblematic Dior Saddle bag, worn crossbody. On that note, another must- have bag from this collection is the Dior Lingot, a travel bag that evoke even more ideas from the house’s archives. The Dior Ingot line is distinguished by its graphic appearance and rectangular shape—reminiscent of a gold ingot—as well as its top closure cover that echoes the iconic curves of the Saddle. The Inglot line comes in three sizes and is complemented by a removable shoulder strap detail embellished with an industrial- inspired buckle.

Beige bullskin anorak debossed Dior on front and covered buttons, “DIORIDER S1U” rectangular shaped sunglasses in matte silver aluminum metal with blue lenses, Sterling silver “CD ICON” earring with crystal detail.

The collection is also inspired by the ateliers of 30 Avenue Montaigne, with the “Atelier Christian Dior” signature featuring an ode to the craft of couture, as reflected in pieces that combine utility and luxury, referencing French ceremonial and industrial uniforms, and classic workwear shapes.

Tailoring is presented to relaxed silhouettes, as the gap between formalwear and sportswear are closed. As such, tailored looks are now paired with the new Dior B30 sneakers or soft moccasins in precious leather. Materials are hyper- luxurious, tactile and sensuous. A good example is the Kumo embroidery, which means “cloud” in Japanese and reveals a macro version of the Dior Oblique motif. The color palette comes in muted Dior gray, pink and earth tones that echoes the soil around Christian Dior’s beloved country home along with sandstone beige from the eighth arrondissement of Paris, where the house was born and still lives today.

O -white shearling reversible down jacket, Navy blue lambskin reverse with patch and debossed Dior details, Light purple overdyed cotton jersey mockneck long sleeves T-shirt with Dior embroidery at collar, White cotton faille large pants with ap pockets at back, Mini Lingot bag in cream grained calfskin
White cotton jersey mockneck long sleeves T-shirt with Dior embroidery at collar, Light pink calfskin nubuck short sleeves shirt with laser cut all-over “CD HEART” stripes motif, Sterling silver “CD ICON” earring with crystal detail, Silver- nish brass “CHRISTIAN DIOR ATELIER” pendant necklace

 

PHOTOGRAPHY BRETT LLOYD FOR DIOR
MODEL WOOSANG KIM, LUDWIG WILSDOR, THATCHER THORNTON

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