During the Spring 2019 Menswear Fashion Month, only two shows were hotly-anticipated by the fashion world, both of which were in Paris. The first was Virgil Abloh’s debut as creative director Louis Vuitton’s men’s line, the first African-American designer to hold such a prestigious position. And Abloh’s predecessor, Kim Jones’ debut at Dior Homme. The latter gave one hell of a show for the label’s Spring 2019 menswear collection. In a gigantic set that replicated Mr. Dior’s gardens, complete with an enormous teddy bear flower incarnation of the legendary designer made by artist KAWS, Jones paid tribute to the founder’s everlasting legacy on fashion. He still, however, put a subtle millennial streetwear spin one some of the house’s most classic codes. Firstly, the baroque prints and strict tailoring were clearly inspired by Dior’s heavy influence of 1950s haute couture, where he, of all the designers then, truly celebrated the femininity of his couture clients. Florals were in abundance on all the masculine staples, and they seemed to encourage a sense of androgyny for today’s gentlemen. Only time can tell whether the men who can afford these clothes will go for such a drastic look, but no one can deny that Kim Jones made a powerful statement for his debut menswear collection at Dior.
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