The more one examines the work of artistic director Kim Jones for Dior Men, it becomes quite a clear realisation that his interpretation of Christian Dior’s menswear is one that’s the truest embodiment of the Dior man now. While that may be a bold proclamation to make, Dior’s menswear division never really took off (at least, not in the way its womenswear did) when it was first launched by then-creative director Marc Bohan, until Hedi Slimane came in and shook things up in 2000. Slimane’s skinny cuts defined the look of menswear of the time and were peppered with his love for rock and roll. But at the same time, hardly a vision that, at a glance, one would have immediately connected to Christian Dior himself. Next on the roster, Kris Van Assche opted for a balance of sporty and tailoring while building on the kind of raucous masculinity that Slimane introduced—an attempt adopting streetwear’s increased prominence in fashion.
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