Boyd Holbrook, the actor and model of Paris XVIE, is almost a James Dean reincarnation – with his rebel hair and his thoughtful expression, reflected side to side by neon lights as he walks confidently in the sidewalks. A coffee shop to rest, a flower forever kept, a never forgotten eye contact. “Elle est moi” –she is me–, as we may listen in the one minute film, and he is disoriented in his own grace, dancing on the wooden floor in a tuxedo, playing the harmonica, jumping above his library. In a random attitude, almost paradoxical, he is at the same time the hero and the resigned. This might be the true contemporary and effortless balance that Dior Homme wants to share with the clients.
Vanderperre explains that Holbrook was their number one choice. “Walking in different parts of the city, he picks and preserves flowers as his memory of those places. He dances in his apartment as a nod to Gene Kelly and those big, emotional films at the end,” says the Belgian photographer. There is no doubt that behind Dior’s overcoats there is always a cosmopolitan man who needs some privacy, some passion in his journey and something to breathe for.