There’s a new look in Dior men’s tailoring. Artistic director Kim Jones has redefined the house’s formal offering with new collections while favourite existing designs have been refreshed. Proportions have been recalibrated, with higher waists, more generous lapels and shirt collars. Dior’s classic single-breasted notch-lapel suit, with its signature structured shoulder and hand-stitched details, remains a constant, but has been given new linings, drawn from the Dior archives.
New silhouettes have been introduced to the formal range of single- and double-breasted and tuxedo styles. The iconic Tailleur Oblique style has been launched, linking seasonal fashion with timeless elegance. Here the trouser is streamlined with a slightly higher waist while side adjusters do the work with no waistband. Details are important: from the signature shade of Dior grey for each label, to the hand-sewn buttonhole on the lapels of the new suit styles, each is a special signifier of Dior know-how. Fabrics available now include houndstooth, Prince of Wales check and chiné check with stripes in pale or navy blue, echoing Christian Dior’s personal favourites of masculine British fabrics that he both wore himself and often used in haute couture. Exclusive weaves are planned to be added every season to continuously expand the formal choice. What’s clear is that Jones has evolved the Dior couture sensibility and made it not only relevant for 21st-century masculine tailoring but given it fresh fluidity and grace.
Made to measure is available at the Sloane Street boutique, 196-198 Sloane Street, SW1X 9NR; dior.com