The Dior Homme is ever evolving. And for Autumn, the brand has once again teamed up with Paris creative duo M/M and photographer Karim Sadli to create a collection of photos that embrace the brand. Between Summer and Winter, is Autumn. And creative director Kris Van Assche's inspiration behind this collection was both the wardrobe of American and British universities. Not sport chic but preppy chic.
Rather than taking the literal sense of 'locker room clothing', the so-called trend, that began in American universities in 1912, has been updated. Standard argyle sweaters, chinos and woven belts wouldn't be found amongst this collection; the style has been refreshed with more plaid shirts, red checkered trousers and blazers with ribbed collars; there was a lot of technical fabrics from the autumn/winter show and this gives rise to an updated, more casual, contemporary look.
What's more surprising are the fabrics used. Dior Homme has really surprised me with its materials in their previous Autumn Winter 15 runway collection and the more recent Spring Summer 16 (after having visited the showroom, more on that later). Having felt the actual pieces in-store and at the showroom, I found that they are not even close to what I would have imagined when I saw them on the runway. I expected this grey sleeveless wool coat from the Autumn collection to feel heavy and thick; but upon feeling the garment in person, the technical fabric made the coat much lighter, and durable. The outer shape remains the same but the way these fabrics fall on your body make that difference. Even observing closer to the knitwear, the knits come in gauge numbers. The higher the gauge number, the finer the knit. Patches of '47' can also be found as Van Assche pays a tribute to the year of Dior's very first catwalk show.
To be continued... #tbc