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Soundtracked by the accentuated texture and delicate tone of Aphex Twin, the dreamy vision of creative director Kim Jones is executed with an impressive alchemy in the Dior Spring/Summer 2023 collection. Curated as a quintessential call to simplicity, the muted colour palette and delicate take on utilitarian design sees the collection channel a neoteric dynamism to reimagine the constraints of atypical functional wear.

In double layered trail-shorts and unbuttoned trench coats models weave between the curated haven of grandeur set displays. Complete with freshly varnished balconies and trailing stonecrop climbers the quaint cottages emulate the idyllic dwellings of Christian Dior’s childhood home in Granville, Normandy and that of the bohemian Bloomsbury Set, Charleston House.

This elegance and grace is transubstantiated into the collection itself: between the perimeters of the untamed flower beds, ruched shoe coverings and vulcanised hiker boots fall onto the crisp cut blades of the lawn. Fleeces are hand-embroidered, trousers are delicately tailored and wide brimmed hats mirror the latticework composition of garden trellis’. Paying homage to the illustrious vitality of twentieth-century artist, and Charleston House inhabitant, Duncan Grant, the collection also incorporates the post-impressionist painters work throughout the garments.

This collection wasn’t Dior’s first fling with mother nature, with the brand’s collaboration on Dior x Parley For the Oceans Beachwear Spring/Summer 2022 showcasing an eco-friendly capsule of reimagined beachwear. This collection guides a larger epoch of non-fashion performance wear brands scoping out the fashion sphere. From the water repelling quirk of Arcteryx jackets to the quick-lace technology of Salomon trainers, the coalescence of functionality and refined design is tunneling its way to the surface of the fashion world. But for now, let’s allow Dior to lead the way.

Tiarna Meehan

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