By: Isiah S Magsino
Long donned the classic black suit and all of it’s simplicity. Not too long ago, women commanded spaces in tulle-heaven Giambattista gowns while men would serve only as an accessory in their traditional get-up.
I don’t know who pioneered the first divergence from the classic black suit (hate to bring them up, but probably Dolce & Gabbana), but florals and other less-successful patterns eventually found their way onto suit jackets and have since sky-rocketed in popularity within the fast-fashion world. One doesn’t have to check out Vogue Runway to know what I’m talking about; a quick browse over Topman’s version of a Spring/Summer collection online will provide as much proof as needed!
Though these patterned coats were a step towards revolution, the market has become so saturated with them that they all have become incredibly tacky. We’re seeing roses, chains, mixed animal prints and sequins—decorations that could only be made to look expensive by Alexander McQueen and Timothee Chalamet.
In other words: The over-the-top suit decor is tired.
Go to any cocktail party or semi-formal event in New York City and you’ll see at least three dudes in a blue or pink floral suit from either Zara or Topman. To each their own, but, come on, the suits look so bad.
But have no fear, Kim Jones’ Dior is here! Yesterday, Jones exposed the off-duty side of Dior during the debut of his Men’s Resort 2020 collection. There were jean jackets, bomber jackets, camo tops and blouses. But the best part? The suits and trenches that were accompanied by a sash; an element that was sparked during Jones’ Fall 2019 show and is working it’s way to becoming a signature attribute.
As opposed to the crazy suited prints mentioned earlier, Jones’ renditions to men’s tailoring are more tasteful and well executed. The transformative element in the new Dior tailoring seem to be based primarily off of architecture and, by doing so, has created an elevated version of the classic black suit without being overly obnoxious.
For example, instead of a simple one button black suit, Jones’ has created tailoring with elongated sashes (yes, these are my favorite); off-center buttoned suits; asymmetrical blazers; and jackets held together by overlapping clasps with “Dior” monogrammed across.
The following are a few examples of the new Dior Homme version of the suit—the *right version of how to revolutionize men’s tailoring.