Fluid jackets in tropical wools sport hand-stitched buttons, reminiscent of the original bar suit – an icon of the new look – while a limited-edition metal version of the saddle bag is also revealed. Kim Jones presented his Fall Dior menswear collection on the eve of the inauguration of the Art Basel Miami Fair. Art, youth, vitality, the spirit of the new: the founding principles are still alive. Jones combined embroidery, beading, tailoring and savoir-faire – tributes to haute couture and the house’s heritage – with psychedelic elements to create an aesthetic that draws on a multitude of influences.
The show space is directly across the street from the Rubell museum – it was chosen as an ode to monsieur Dior’s first vocation as a gallerist before he became a couturier. It’s also owned by the Rubells, Don and Mera, contemporary art collectors – they married and started collecting in 1964. Today, their catalogue consists of about 7,200 works by more than 1,000 artists. The Rubell Family Collection opened in 1993, but the new home of the collection is the Rubell Museum, inaugurated few days ago – a 100,000-square-foot campus of 40 galleries, a library, and a restaurant in a former food processing complex refurbished by Selldorf Architects.
Christian Dior and art: the link continues in the collection itself, through Kim Jones’s invitation to the artist and designer Shawn Stussy. Positioned at the intersection of counterculture and the creative world of surfing, he has reinvented the Dior logo in a graffiti style and created new prints – his vision is also interpreted in jewelry by Yoon Ahn.