What We Want Tomorrow to Feel Like Is This Trippy Dior Men's Fall 2021 Show
If this is what it looks like inside the mind of the cool, the fashionable, and the fearless, we’re staying. Last night, Dior beamed its fall 2021 collection to the world, but it may have very well been sending videos of a cosmic void where stars combust and reform into dreams. To achieve the effect, Dior employed wall-to-wall LED screens that flashed whirlpools of endless glitter and multi-colored flares. If Dior wanted to fix the fickle gaze of the modern viewer on one spot—and also solve the problem of staging a truly compelling virtual event—this did the trick.
Complementing the mood is the soundscape, which, with its playful, sexy, and naughty narrator, injects a dose of trippiness to the affair. “How do you say delicious, d-lovely, delectable, divine, d-groovy, Diorrr,” whispers the female voice, rolling the rrrrrs the fullest. “Here, kitty, kitty,” she then purrs, as models seemingly glide on the pitch-black floor. You may recognize the tune as a reinterpretation of “What Is Love?” by Dee-Lite, but if you don’t, just enjoy the meowing.
Of course, these flights of fancy are but the background to the true stars of the show: the clothes, which, synchronizing with the futuristic set, are fantastical, as well. Adding levity to the bleakness of our current situation, artistic director Kim Jones collaborates with artist Kenny Scharf and taps into his cartoon-style visuals, which reference space, pop culture, and art history.
The elements of Scharf works, specifically from “Viva Mare Viva Mar,” “When the Worlds Collide,” and “Globo Mundo,” appear throughout the collection. And because this is Dior, these animated imaginings are not only printed on a shirt or jacket, but also done in seed embroidery, an ancient technique from the Han Dynasty of China. New works from Scharf are also present in the form of renditions of the Chinese zodiac (a special screening party was held in Beijing) like, say, the grinning goat on an ivory-colored roll neck.
As complement to the humor, the collection projects a cozy quality, too. This at-home feeling is best represented by the unlikely appearance of fuzzy slippers adorned by the Dior Oblique. The house’s tailoring is also eased, with jackets closed romantically by overlong belts and the iconic gray suit redone as a pair of satin pajamas. This softness of the new clothes is evident even through the coldness of the screen, convincing you that the collection was expressly made for working at home forever or sleeping in your clothes tomorrow.
At the close of the year, we’re all thinking about what comes next, and Jones projects a world filled with fantasy, humor, and easiness—the very things that we want to feel again. Maybe if we wear a yellow beret with a sweater emblazoned with a funny-looking creature, this dream world will come true.
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