Miami Heat: Dior Men's Pre-Fall 2020 Show

Miami Heat: Dior Men's Pre-Fall 2020 Show

Miami Heat: Dior Men's Pre-Fall 2020 Show

Catch waves with Dior's first men's show in the U.S.

Catch waves with Dior's first men's show in the U.S.

Text: Brooke Kushwaha

The Dior Men’s Show this past Tuesday did the unthinkable: it brought the heat to Florida. The brand’s pre-fall 2020 runway show partnered with Air Jordan and Shawn Stussy to add a sporty kick to the classic fashion house, basing the show outside the Rubell Museum in Allapattah. The tropical show, the very first Dior show in the U.S., no less, took place on the auspicious eve of Art Basel Miami. To commemorate their first foray into American lands, Dior decked the venue in graffiti, neon, and vintage auto iconography. The vibrant tones carried throughout the entire show, with airbrushed lime green eye make-up (“It’s cyber-surfer” makeup artist Peter Philips explained), loud prints, and splashes of neon color rippling through every collection. 

The collection straddled familiar streetwear staples, such as Jordans and bucket hats, with a futuristic twist. Mixed prints and asymmetrical tailoring added a layer of whimsy and chaos to the formalwear, but the addition that stood out the most were the hats: each boasted “DIOR” scribbled on the front in neon stitching, with everything from faux flora to wintry knit stitching to colorful animal print. Typically, creative headwear had been reserved for women at church or Royal Weddings, but Dior proved that hats are back for fall for good, whether it be a foliage-lined bucket hat or a snowflaked beret. 

Another standout accessory from this season included the fresh take on the ever-trendy fanny pack. Dior employed snakeskin, camouflage print, and out-of-the-box organic form to reinvent the shoulder bag for the man on-the-go. The house even included a verdant insulated water bottle as a reminder to stay hydrated while you’re chasing the bag. 

Never one to stick too hard to gender roles, the brand also featured larger, heavy-duty totes for when one bag simply isn’t enough. While other elements of the collection experimented more with print and material, the Dior-printed totes stayed relatively traditionalist in color, and opted for a staid velvet and leather detailing. 

Overall, print and pattern played the largest roles of the night, with Dior exploring tribal design, graffiti doodles, and nature-inspired prints. One model wore a head-to-toe white suit checkered in 2D floral scribbles, and others sported oversized sweaters with crochet flower arrangements worthy of a Dutch still-life painter. The color palette, although varied, relied heavily on slate blues and pops of teal and salmon pink for balance. Loose-fitting silhouettes in the outerwear meanwhile added heft, pomp, and circumstance to the pre-fall collection. We might be entering the winter months, but Dior knows how to keep us warm ‘til spring. 

Check out looks from the show here:

A look from the Dior Men's Fall 2020 show in Miami, Florida.

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