Paris Fashion Week: Dior Menswear Fall/Winter 2022

Creative Director Kim Jones unveiled its latest Dior Men’s Fall/Winter 2022, which celebrated Paris in all of its historic and cultural glory.

Paris is considered one of the most dreamlike places in the world. Not only it is visually stunning, but it also carries with it a rich history and culture of style, romance and whimsy. For this Men’s Fall/Winter 2022 collection, Dior and its Creative Director Kim Jones presented a glamorous runway show, honouring Paris in all of its historic and fashionable glory. More specifically, with this show, Jones celebrated the city by creating garments that reflected its fruitful and long-standing relationship with the house of Dior. 

The collection features 49 looks, which were historically referential and contemporary. It looked back to some of the house’s most famous looks, while still playing into current styles. For instance, several looks featured either tailored blazers or coats with wide shoulders pads that were nipped in at the waist, which were a clear reference to the “New Look,” originated in Dior’s Spring/Summer 1947 collection for women. Looking back at this important event in Dior’s cultural history, the look notoriously featured the now-signature Dior “Bar” jacket, which dramatically cinched the waist, and a voluminous skirt that fell just below mid-calf.

After several years of wartime, the New Look marked a return to glamour in the fashion world and shot Monsieur Dior and his eponymous house to international fame. 

Kim Jones also used leopard, specifically the leopard bomber, which harkens back to the house’s origins. Starting in 1947, Dior featured the timeless pattern in nearly all of his collections. The small accessories of the collection were also examples of Dior’s backup pattern and history.

While celebrating Dior’s past, Kim Jones also looked to current trends and he tried to design each look featuring a pair of oversized trousers paired with long or baggy button-ups and sweatshirts.

These garments show our current love for oversized clothing and layering. The shoes were particularly referential to our modern-day tastes, with models stomping down the runway in either rubber or boiled wool Birkenstock-Esque clogs or chic sneakers.

In simply words, Dior’s Men’s Fall/Winter 2022 collection was a celebration of the Paris of yesterday and today, as well as the house’s significant place within its history. Moreover, Kim Jones also ensured that the founder’s legacy lives on by putting a contemporary spin on some of Monsieur Dior’s most beloved looks.