The highlights of the fourth day of Paris Fashion Week include Dior’s collection with Travis Scott, Kolor and its proposal of “new style of minimalism”, and Juun.J with a collection focused on youthful vivacity.
Dior’s Cactus Jack Dior
“A conversation – between two friends, two cultures, and two different eras – results in a collection that explores the identities of a groundbreaking modern musician and the heritage of one of the leading Parisian couture houses.”
“Zest for life and self-confidence,” were the words Christian Dior expressed when fascinated by the ethos of the American spirit on one of his trips to America (specifically, Texas). For Spring-Summer Kim Jones transposes that sentiment into modernity for Dior’s (I.G. @dior) Spring-Summer 2022 collection by collaborating with Texas-born rapper, singer, songwriter, and record producer Travis Scott. The result: “Cactus Jack Dior“, a collection that fuses Scott’s edgy and innovative personality with the heritage of the legendary Parisian couture house.
The connection between the two visions is captured in a harmonious collection that highlights the designer’s sartorial vision and the rapper’s personality. A sun-bleached palette in shades of mauve, brown, pistachio, and pale blues reflect the impression left on the designer by the landscapes of the canyons and deserts he visited. Harmonious contrast can be appreciated between the formality and elegance of the Tailleur Oblique contrasts with the sportswear elements of sportswear: Dior’s Toile de Jouy is reinvented in a “Toile de Cactus” chiné depicting desert scenes; fluid pants and slim coats (a transformation of Dior’s 1956 “arrow” line), sweatpants with couture details washed T-shirts adorned with embroidery, and hand-painted.
Travis Scott reimagined the Dior logo through a series of hand-drawn graphics, rendered in prints and embroidery. Motifs such as the Houston topography, the Cactus Jack character, and images drawn from the Dior archives become patches, souvenirs of imaginary journeys that adorn leather bags and jackets. Accessories reflect the transformative nature of this dialogue between artists: the Dior monogram is twisted to spell “Jack”. A diamond-shaped monogram from the ’60s archives becomes a new motif, serving as the basis for the creation of a new skate-inspired Dior sneaker with touches of the ’90s.
For the first time, Kim Jones collaborates with the artistic director of Dior joaillerie, Victoire de Castellane, on a piece of high jewelry: a cactus necklace, flowered with precious gems, made especially for the show.
The exploration of America from the designer’s vision is brought to the art scene, as the artist-to-artist collection also included a collaboration with contemporary American artist George Condo on a series of hand-painted shirts reflecting the themes of the collection. The shirts will be auctioned after the show and proceeds will go towards scholarships to support future generations of creative talent.
Kolor New Style of Minimalism
Kolor (I.G. @kolorofficial) presents for its Spring-Summer 2022 collection what it calls “the new style of minimalism”. Most of the garments exhibit a degree of simplicity at first glance, appreciating in greater detail the uniqueness of the brand in terms of both detail and the degree of complexity, but under the proposal of this new minimalist and harmonious approach.
Different garments are conjugated and become an ensemble piece with an attractive touch of uniqueness and harmony. This is reflected by pieces such as an oversized grey coat combined with a green polo part. The multi-layered appearance of the textiles in the garments used in the pieces is balanced by a color scheme that brings a sense of minimalism. Cool colors such as light blue, green, beige, gray, or brown, accented with colors such as light green, red, purple, and orange, giving an impression of a 60’s or 70’s feel with an inanimate touch.
Juun.J “YOU GET OFF”
For this season JUUN.J (I.G. @juun_j) 22 S/S focuses on lightness and youthfulness by presenting a series of looks made of synthetic and ultra-lightweight fabrics in general. Sleek volume and a rich wind-made silhouette are seen in outerwear, shirts, and its latest garments such as maxi dresses. The brand’s signature oversize silhouette has taken on a new look with unique volume. Black, gray, and khaki with accents of blue and red make up this season’s palette.
For this season, the brand has presented its first eyewear collection by collaborating with renowned British eyewear brand Cutler And Gross on a capsule edition of four reworked, sleek and structural unisex styles to support the main collection. The new collection features a collaboration with Korean artist, Code Kunst through a new song called “YOU GET OFF“.