With the pyramids of Giza as a backdrop
As the night has gently fallen into the thick desert air, a strike of LEDs pierces its way along the serpentine leading up to the runway. A string of models follows, marching up like astronauts on a space mission (perhaps, it’s the season’s fav retro-futuristic sunglasses). The Pyramids of Giza are gleaming in their colossal stature in the back as the dust whips up, and the show begins with neutral palettes and floaty layers. Wind is a paid actor – chiffon scarves and overtops, slit demi-kilts and trench coats are all graciously floating in the air. As the pounding techno picks up the pace, the pieces gain more weight and move towards darker tones. The collection channels loose yet elegant tailoring with a futuristic air and a proud nod to sportstyle — a Kim Jones classic. Let’s not forget the details — occasional armour references and space helmets are giving Dune, but high fashion.
It’s not the first time Jones embarks on a space exploration (peep Fall ’21), but this time the exploration largely lies within – within our history as humans, and Jones’ own imagination. For the 75th Dior anniversary, the collection ties up 75 looks, reconnecting with Christian Dior’s own obsession with astrology and the brand’s driving reach for the future. In that, Jones continues Dior’s dynasty with a certain humility, as he simultaneously pays homage to the marvels of human civilisations, and the forces far greater than us. It’s shows like this that give us faith, while reminding that fashion has sentiment and purpose way beyond performative grandeur.