THE CONTEMPORARY GENERATION – DIOR HOMME

HONG KONG, 22 APRIL, 2016 – ON APRIL 22, 2016, DIOR HOMME SHOWED ITS WINTER 2016-2017 COLLECTION IN HONG KONG. AFTER BEIJING, SHANGHAI AND GUANGZHOU, THIS FOURTH INTERNATIONAL RUNWAY WAS PRESENTED IN THE SHAW STUDIO. FOR THE VERY FIRST TIME, THE BRAND MADE ITS FOOTPRINT IN HONG KONG TO SHOWCASE “THE ART OF FALLING APART” SHOW.

AN ELITE CROWD OF INTERNATIONAL CELEBRITIES, FASHIONISTA AND SOCIALITES IN TOWN WERE INVITED TO ATTEND THE EVENT. INTERNATIONAL CELEBRITIES INCLUDING SONG JOONG KI (KOREA), WU CHUN (TAIWAN), SHAWN DOU (CHINA) AND JIN AKANISHI (JAPAN), LOCAL CELEBRITIES AND SOCIALITES INCLUDING NICK CHEUNG, GAILE LAI, KARY NG, ALEX LAM, AMANDA S., PANSY HO, LAURINDA HO, MARIO HO, HARRIS CHAN, ANDREW CHAN, WESLEY WONG, WYMAN WONG ETC, WERE SPECIALLY INVITED TO JOIN THE SHOW.

THE VENUE WAS DECORATED WITH FRAGMENTED LED SCREENS PLAYING THE WILLY VANDERPERRE’S MOVIE – A SPECIALLY COMMISSIONED PROJECT FOR THE SHOW – THE SAME BOYS WHO APPEAR ON THE CATWALK ARE ALSO THE STARS OF THE FILM, REVELLING IN THIS MOMENT IN TIME.

CLUB CHEVAL, FROM THE VIBRANT CLUB SCENE IN FRANCE, PERFORMED A LIVE ACOUSTIC SET AT THE AFTER-PARTY. THE BAND MEMBERS – CANBLASTER, MYD, SAM TIBA AND PANTEROS666 – HAVE CREATED A SOUND WHERE VARIOUS ELECTRONIC SUB-GENRES COLLIDE, RESULTING THEIR HYBRID BRAND OF FUTURISTIC R&B.

ABOUT DIOR HOMME 2016-2017 WINTER COLLECTION

HOW DOES AN INDIVIDUAL’S PAST GROW AND MORPH INTO HIS PRESENT WITHOUT NOSTALGIA? THIS IS THE QUESTION THAT KRIS VAN ASSCHE, CREATIVE DIRECTOR OF DIOR HOMME, POSES FOR THIS SEASON.

“THE IDEA OF ‘THE HYBRID’ IS INTRINSIC TO THE COLLECTION,” SAYS KRIS VAN ASSCHE. “TODAY, PEOPLE DON’T JUST FIT INTO ONE BOX, THEY FIT INTO MANY AND ALL AT ONCE. THERE MIGHT BE AN IDEA OF THE NEW WAVE OR SKATE THAT SOMEBODY HAS GROWN UP WITH, BUT IT IS WHAT THOSE THINGS AND PEOPLE HAVE GROWN INTO NOW THAT MATTERS. TRACES OF MEMORY AND TRADITION CAN STILL EXIST, BUT THESE HAPPEN WITHOUT NOSTALGIA: THIS IS THE HYBRIDISATION OF NOW.”

IN THE RITUAL SHOW SQUARE, LIT BY STARK, RED NEON TO THE THUD OF ELECTRONIC BODY MUSIC, AN IDEA OF RITES OF PASSAGE IS PLAYED OUT IN A PALETTE OF BLACK, RED AND WHITE.

SILHOUETTES ARE IN TURN A COMBINATION AND EXAGGERATION OF VOLUMES AND SHAPES; NOBLE MATERIALS ARE CONTRASTED WITH OR MADE INTO THE EVERYDAY; GRAND MAISON TRADITIONS COME UP AGAINST MILITANT SUBVERSIONS; PROTOTYPICAL IDEAS OF LUXURY ARE QUESTIONED AND TEMPERED BY NEW TECHNIQUES AND TASTES.

JUST AS THE ROB ROY MACGREGOR TARTAN BECAME THE ALL-AMERICAN BUFFALO PLAID – THE TOUCHSTONE RED AND BLACK PATTERN IN VARIOUS FABRICATIONS FOR THIS SEASON – SO TOO OXFORD BAGS COULD BE SEEN TO HAVE TRANSFORMED INTO VOLUMINOUS ‘WORKWEAR’ SKATER PANTS. TRADITIONAL FAIR ISLES KNITS AND SUBVERTED, COUTURE EMBROIDERY TECHNIQUES ARE USED TO ALMOST DISRUPTIVE EFFECT, WHILE DIOR FLORALS FROM THE ARCHIVE BECOME A SYMBOL OF PROVOCATION RATHER THAN PRETTINESS OR PRECIOUSNESS.

YET THERE IS ALSO A SENSE OF CELEBRATION AS WELL AS REBELLION IN THE COLLECTION, HIGHLIGHTED BY THE FILMIC BACKDROP OF DANCING FIGURES. IN WILLY VANDERPERRE’S MOVIE – A SPECIALLY COMMISSIONED PROJECT FOR THE SHOW – THE SAME BOYS WHO APPEAR ON THE CATWALK ARE ALSO THE STARS OF THE FILM, REVELLING IN THIS MOMENT IN TIME.

“THE COLLECTION IS ABOUT TAKING ELEMENTS OF THE PAST, BUT BRINGING THEM INTO THE PRESENT AND REFLECTING ON WHERE WE ARE NOW, IN THE SITUATION OF TODAY,” EXPLAINS KRIS VAN ASSCHE. “IT’S A MOMENT IN TIME FOR A CONTEMPORARY GENERATION.”

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Alessio Bolzoni for Dior

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Hiroaki Fukuda

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