Behind the Scene-Stealing Accessories at Dior Men

Behind the Scene-Stealing Accessories at Dior Men

See Kim Jones and Yoon Ahn's accessories blitz, plus an exclusive look at Dior Men's milliner.

See Kim Jones and Yoon Ahn's accessories blitz, plus an exclusive look at Dior Men's milliner.

Text: SAMUEL ANDERSON

Like the outsize floral sculpture that served as the centerpiece to Kim Jones's Dior Men debut on Saturday, the collection itself was made up of many smaller bits of beauty stacked atop each other. While the clothes’ refreshing take on menswear, emphasizing slouchy, diaphanous tailoring. were the main attraction, Jones clearly took care to create impactful sub-moments, from Prince Nikolai of Denmark’s runway cameo to the photos that guests like Naomi Campbell and Takashi Murakami took with the fuzzy “BFF” dolls supplied by Kaws.

But the most important supporting role in the show was that of the accessories; after all, the iconic Dior saddlebag silhouette was prominently featured throughout the collection, from fanny packs to hat brims layered with saddlebag-shaped leather appliqué, designed by legendary London milliner Stephen Jones. In a video shared exclusively with V, the hatter explains how a long line of Dior designers’ interpretations of bag figured into his saddle caps.

But months before the show, Jones had placed a premium on more forward-thinking accessorization. Shortly after becoming joining Dior in March, Jones made a high-profile appointment of his own, bringing on Yoon Ahn, the founder of edge-driven jewelry brand Ambush, to be his in-house jewelry designer. The decision to emphasize jewelry at the men’s house portended a new era of high impact and experimentation, and the results seen on Saturday delivered just that.

The scene at the Dior show, anchored by the giant pink topiary creature also created by Kaws, may have initially seemed at odds with the heavy metal-tinged aesthetic Ahn has delivered at Ambush. But it soon became clear that her inaugural collection for Dior would have both CD and Ambush written all over it. There were moments of extreme levity, like plush-y keychains and black denim embellished with diamond-encrusted bumble bees—animated takes on the classic Dior emblem. Then there were traces of Ahn’s metallic edge, from stud earrings to bike chain chokers to brass knuckles forged in the “C-D” logo. When Ahn emerged hand-in-hand with Jones at the end of the show, both dripping in jewels, it was clear that together the designer and jeweler have formed a one-of-a-kind alloy.

See detailed backstage shots of Jones and Ahn's inaugural collaboration below.

Dior Men Summer 2019 Backstage © Winter Vandenbrink
Credits: IMAGES COURTESY OF DIOR

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