You might have heard about the buzz surrounding Dior’s men’s department as early as June last year (2018). Ignited by Kim Jones, the successor of Kris Van Assche’s 11-year tenure as men’s artistic director, the former’s debut Spring/Summer 2019 menswear collection gave boys (and girls alike) plenty to talk about. And covet. Amidst collaborations with Kaws and Alyx that exploded on Instagram immediately post-show, a particular pattern that recurred on shirts to shoes held the Internet’s whistle stop attention span: the house’s 1967 Oblique print.
Conceived by designer Marc Bohan during his time at Dior, it’s since been imbued in recent seasons by way of Maria Grazia Chiuri’s womenswear collections (beginning with her debut in Spring/Summer ’17), though perhaps more overtly on her recent revival of the Saddle bag. Taking the print’s comeback one step further, Jones has it plastered on backpacks, the men’s Saddle, a rounded crossbody, pouches, and on arguably the season’s most hyped luxury sneakers — the Oblique B23. And as we all know the lines between men’s and womenswear have become increasingly murky in the past few years, those high-top sneakers (also available in low-top style) — boasting a canvas Oblique-print upper overlayed with a translucent layer — aren’t just for the Jones’ boys to front, but run from size IT36 and up.
Dior Oblique accessories:
Available at Dior boutiques.