A Closer Look at Kim Jones’ Dior

This past weekend saw Kim Jones’ debut collection for Dior since being announced as the creative director of menswear earlier this spring, succeeding Kris Van Assche’s 11-year stint at the label. The Spring/Summer ’19 collection was a fresh introduction to what Jones brings to the table, balancing a street savvy (Jones was behind the massive Louis Vuitton x Supreme collab last year which dominated the streets and social feeds for a while) with a respect to traditional tailoring sensibilities.

A series of double-breasted suits were sprinkled throughout the collection, in a slightly looser and softer fit, contrasting the sharp structured tailoring the label has become known for. Romantic floral prints were given new dimension by being paired with vinyl jackets. Workwear-inspired pieces blended in with more formal attire. Sneakers were paired with suits. These frequent dichotomies — hard and soft, high and low, classic and modern — were a powerful indication that Jones has the range to carry the label forward while never straying far from its roots.