Kim Jones pairs vibrant inspiration from the beachside city with a Shawn Stüssy collaboration at Miami's Art Basel.
Kim Jones, Creative Director of Dior, has become known for his collaborations with street artists; During his time as the head of Louis Vuitton, the designer brought the heritage brand together with cult streetwear label Supreme, creating a high-low brand of luxury the industry had not quite seen before. The Dior Pre-Fall 2020 Menswear collection he debuted this week at Miami’s Art Basel was a celebration of collaboration, hailing Stüssy and Nike as contributors for Dior’s first menswear collection to show in the States. The partnership marked Shawn Stüssy’s first major contribution to a label after leaving his namesake company in 1996. Classic Stüssy camp-style shirts were given a couture update, with intricate embroidery and beading, and other pieces employed Stüssy’s interpretation of the Dior logo in his signature style. Also introduced were the Air Jordan 1 High OG Dior sneakers, a collaboration with Nike. In true luxury fashion, the sneakers utilize the same Italian-made leather used in Dior’s handbags, the Nike Swoosh re-imagined in Dior Gray, and the brand’s trademark logo jacquard.
The show’s Miami backdrop was echoed in the collection’s laid-back looks, including leather shorts, vibrant knit sweaters, and beach-ready baja tops. Jones took inspiration from the city’s ambience and local foliage, seen in a series of floral covered bucket hats, an addition of milliner and long time fashion-favorite Stephen Jones.