Dior Homme is my menswear holy grail. It was the first brand I ever got obsessed with (way back in 2005), it’s one of the toughest invites to get your hands on during Paris Fashion Week, and in January 2014, at the tail-end of three weeks on the road at the shows in Europe, this collection was presented and restored my faith in clothing.
Clearly, the flowers are a talking point. I wore this outfit to coffee with friends yesterday, and everybody had something to say about the rose patterns on the jacket — a little background, it was a blown-up version of a rose embroidery found in Dior’s couture archive, dating back to the time of Monsieur Christian Dior himself.
Each detail you see references Christian Dior the designer in some way — the pinstripe suits he had made at Savile Row, the polka dot ties he wore, the delicate tie bars he treasured, the flowers he loved.
Of course, it’s all been reinterpreted for the modern era, and with that in mind, I love the mix of an old-world pinstripe flannel three-piece suit — not dissimilar to what a conservative banker would wear — re-cut in the skinny fit you associate with Dior Homme. Plus the huge oversized coat, which is not only perfect for this weather, but such a solid look. (I’m a huge fan of an oversized coat, and it definitely looks better if everything underneath is more on the tailored/slim-fit side.)
New York Fashion Week is looming, and one of the advantages is that all the mates have flown into town for the shows. My Kiwi compatriot Dan Roberts, of THREADSLIKE fame (he also shoots for Vogue Paris and Elle), just arrived, and very kindly agreed to shoot these photographs in the freezing cold in Alphabet City yesterday. Make sure you follow his blog and his Instagram over the next few weeks as he traverses New York, London, Milan and Paris in search of the best dressed show-goers on the street.
I’m wearing: All clothing Dior Homme; and Burberry Prorsum shoes.
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