Bella Hadid and Kate Moss demonstrated the art of borrowing from the boys at Kim Jones’ debut pre-fall cruise show for Dior yesterday.
The supermodels were among the first to wear looks before they even graced the runway – giving their own sartorial spin on ‘Dior 2.0’.
In a rare opportunity to watch from the sidelines, Hadid wore the first look of the collection – a sports luxe turtleneck lengthened in order for her to wear it as a mini dress.
But the A-list duo weren’t the only industry names to make the starry guest list with David Beckham, ASAP Rocky and Ezra Miller also taking to the FROW.
After gracing the headlines at a football match together back in March, Hadid and Beckham had chance to catch up at the menswear event.
The show marked the first Dior men’s cruise collection and newly-appointed Kim Jones chose the capital to pay homage to Japanese culture.
Models took to the laser-lit runway decked in sci fi-inspired uniform with ultra-modern tailoring, cherry blossom-emblazoned suits and iridescent puffer jackets featuring in the line-up.
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With a focus on the collision of future and tradition that defined the #DiorPreFall 2019 men's collection shown to rapturous reception today in Tokyo, @MrKimJones, the Creative Director of the Dior men's lines, distilled his vision of what happens when the forward-looking technology that Japan evokes meets the immutable idea of Parisian savoir-faire with a look that is Dior 2.0. Boasting a logo reinterpreted for the season by Japanese artist @HajimeSorayama_Official, this graphic sweater is teamed with loopless tailored trousers and silver, vacuum-formed high-top strapped sneakers.⠀
Half-slung metal saddle bags and a robot-sprawled interpretation of Dior’s logo also helped to create the “hypermodern reality of Japanese culture today”.
To really push this vision, Jones also enlisted the help of Japanese illustrator and sculptor Hajime Sorayama to create a 12-metre-high female robot figure which stood tall in the centre of the catwalk.
Despite the futuristic feel, it’s interesting to note that Jones flicked through the depths of the brand’s archives for inspiration – sighting Christian Dior’s historic influence.
He told WWD, “We have references to Japanese design, we have some kimono styles in the collection, but they were designed by Mr. Dior in the 1950s.”
“I think it’s respecting where you’re showing, and I don’t think it’s a negative. I think if you love somewhere, celebrate it.”
From: Harper’s BAZAAR UK