Dior Homme Fall 2017: Party HarDior

From New Wave to rave, Dior Homme creative director Kris Van Assche referenced a wide range of musical subcultures in Dior’s latest mens’s collection. The British New wave, romantic bands and candy ravers—all made an appearance in ultra-sharp, club tinged suiting that began with a series of pinstriped gangster suits worn with skinny ties and louche, wide trousers. The mostly hard-core boy clubbing looks featured pops of red that later evolved into neon orange coats and linings.  A common vein seen throughout the show was the seamless tying together of suiting with streetwear references and outrageous club wear accessories.  Chains with pendants were attached to pant belt loops, as were suspenders, in addition to metallic necklaces and tie bars that accessorized every look. Kris van Assche explained in an interview, “It’s symbolic of the house’s spirit, it’s a rave party, hard core because now the two concepts of luxury and fashion coexist.” The new Dior slogan “Hardior” was plastered on hats and vests, and worn with the most classic of suits, capturing the new direction Van Assche has taken with the collection. Flashes of neon orange in the form of striped sweaters, and jacket linings peaked out from under jackets and vests layered under mesh sweaters that gave off a distinct rave culture vibe. Fantastic topstitching, appliquéd patchwork, and technical details embellished every jacket making them truly investment items worth owning. The show came to a close with looks featuring a hyperrealistic black and white prints of unruly mosh pits. The series of rave images by Dan Witz were printed onto suits, bombers, and weekend bags, along with technical outdoor wear.  The deliberate, nostalgic styling included oversized frameless sunglasses in reflective holographic shades of smokey green and silver. These along with the wordplay on various pieces only served to drive home the point that Dior Homme speaks to a whole new generation of young dandies with the lifestyle and income to bask in Dior’s sybaritic escapism.