Dior Men Spring 2023 Resort Capsule Collection, by Kim Jones and guest designed by winner of LVMH Price 2022 Eli Russell Linnetz – ERL . Review by Eleonora de Gray, Editor-in-Chief of RUNWAY MAGAZINE.
Funny, colorful and very cute this unexpected collection by Dior in collaboration with a new young designer from California. This designer gave amazing colors and freshness to the Dior House, and brought some freshness from the times of Mr Christian Dior, who loved red, pink, dressing women as flowers, and creating beautiful garden. This collection is another garden, or more likely the skyboard court, but fresh and lovely as well. Men are indeed are coming out as flowers. The show took place at Venice Beach, Los Angeles, California.
For Dior Spring 2023, artistic director of Dior, Kim Jones focused on California — a state that made an indelible impression on Christian Dior when he visited the United States in 1957. To create a collection that pays homage to the West Coast way of living, the Artistic Director of men’s collections called to Eli Russell Linnetz as guest designer; a photographer, director, designer and Venice Beach native. His brand ERL offers a colorful take on American sportswear. The resulting dialogue between the two designers combines the soft pastel shades of the LA landscape with board sports, and the fundamental codes of Dior.
The opening look of the show – a gray suit, whimsically inverted with the label and CD-patterned pocket facing out, set the tone for the collection, which combines the laid-back SoCal aesthetic with the House’s signature codes, the famous grey of Christian Dior.
“we have worked with lots of different people on our collections, but this time i wanted to work with someone in a different way; i wanted somebody to see Dior from a different angle. With Eli Russell Linnetz, not only do i like his work but working with a younger designer on Dior men and seeing things from his perspective, felt incredibly inspiring. It was both familiar and revelatory; reaffirming why we both dreamed about working in fashion in the first place.” Kim Jones.
“we started looking at the Dior archive from the year of my birth, 1991. This was during Gianfranco Ferré’s period as artistic director and was a part of the history of Dior that felt completely fresh for both Kim and me. The idea of ‘maximalism’ comes from there and from me – a coming together of chaos and perfectionism. There’s a collision of moments in time and history throughout the collection, of cross-generational and spatial meetings in time.” Eli Russell Linnetz, ERL…