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WHEN THE RUBBER MEETS THE ROAD: Dior’s Fall 2022 Menswear Show
Text by Kee | Photos courtes of Dior and Jackie Nickerson
12.12.2021
Dior's fall 2022 menswear show was centred on American author Jack Kerouac and his seminal tome, 'On The Road'
Dior's fall 2022 menswear show was centred on American author Jack Kerouac and his seminal tome, 'On The Road'
Dior's fall 2022 menswear show was centred on American author Jack Kerouac and his seminal tome, 'On The Road'
Dior's fall 2022 menswear show was centred on American author Jack Kerouac and his seminal tome, 'On The Road'
Dior's fall 2022 menswear show was centred on American author Jack Kerouac and his seminal tome, 'On The Road'
Dior's fall 2022 menswear show was centred on American author Jack Kerouac and his seminal tome, 'On The Road'
Dior's fall 2022 menswear show was centred on American author Jack Kerouac and his seminal tome, 'On The Road'
Dior's fall 2022 menswear show was centred on American author Jack Kerouac and his seminal tome, 'On The Road'
Dior's fall 2022 menswear show was centred on American author Jack Kerouac and his seminal tome, 'On The Road'
Dior's fall 2022 menswear show was centred on American author Jack Kerouac and his seminal tome, 'On The Road'
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In the Lonesome Traveler by late American author Jack Kerouac, he wrote: “Paris is a woman but London is an independent man puffing his pipe in a pub.” Makes you want to meet that dark and handsome stranger, doesn’t it? Kerouac, who would have been 100 years old next March, has his legacy revisited by an unlikely source, that of storied fashion house Dior.


CD Diamond logo on a backpack and Saddle bag

You see, designer Kim Jones who leads the menswear division at Dior is an avid collector of old books. One of those titles that have been a constant source of inspiration to the globetrotting designer is Kerouac’s seminal road-trip lit, On the Road. (He has even revealed the extent of his personal Kerouac first-edition collection including a personal copy of the aforementioned title belonging to the author’s mother.) It’s an autobiographical story about close-knit friends travelling around the country in search of God. Now, you’re probably wondering how and why this Beat Generation lit hero and his 1957 classic are of particular relevance to the modern man today. Kerouac’s role as part of the Dior moodboard is more than just about fly visuals and a repeat of late ‘40s dress codes that he favoured when travelling around the United States. Jones has looked to the author’s curiosity for discovery as a key part of building this fall 2022 wardrobe, and if you think about it, most of the travelling we’d be doing these days is based around our current location rather than making continental hops.


A gilet with a detachable jacket and a blouson with a hidden layer

In no coincidence, the fall 2022 presentation was hosted in London – a city known for birthing a blueprint for tailoring – the first time Jones has returned to his city of birth to do a show in nearly two decades (it is also the inaugural Dior men’s show in the cosmopolitan city). But don’t worry, Jones isn’t going to bore us with straight-forward century-old cuts with a Beatnik attitude at play here. In fact, his tailoring outputs are precise and with a point of view that is absolutely necessary in today’s context where strong suiting have taken a backseat. Take his version of a gilet that has a detachable jacket strapped onto the back with a waist belt. Not only does this have a couture-like build, Jones has once again championed a silhouette that remixes masculine and feminine codes, a design like a back-buttoned shirt that you wouldn’t be surprised seeing on Cara Delevingne or Victoria Beckham tomorrow. There’s even a blouson designed with a secret. It is detachable to unveil a multi-coloured worded towelled layer akin to a book with a hidden compartment.


Walking sandals with rope details and a B23 sneaker with the CD Diamond motif

Dior’s spontaneous approach to travel here is the reason why you don’t see a luggage in sight. Hiking-inspired boots, parkas, knit beanies, Oakely-esque shades, hunting jackets, Dior Oblique camera bags, waist pouches, nylon drawstring shorts and multi-pocket backpacks look good in an urban setting as well as out in the wild. Jones plays up the outdoor theme further with the use of upmarket climbing ropes as part of his version of walking sandals, Saddle bags, and tote bags, just to name a few. There are even several classic book-carriers in leather – yes, Jones’ literal version of Dior’s popular Book tote bag – might even encourage the current gen to carry around a book (and hopefully read one).


Oakley-styled shades and an oversized tote bag

You might be surprised to learn that Kerouac wasn’t a geeky type in high school. Instead, he was part of the football and wrestling teams, a jock in the truest sense of the word (he had scholarship offers) before an injury curtailed his career. Jones appears to have taken these life stories into account with collegiate references in some of the wares such as oversized V-neck rugby tops, prepster knits, and cardigans. Even the shirt-and-tie combo linked to academics has been freshened up with prints and colours along with thinner ties.


A sweater with a portrait of Jack Kerouac and a leather book carrier

One doesn’t have to possess an insider’s knowledge about Kerouac’s past to spot some of the associations here. Jones included several art works such as a portrait of the author on sweaters and a cover art of a first-edition experimental novel titled Visions of Cody hand-painted onto a leather jacket fit for a Harley-riding David Beckham type. There are plenty more backstories to pore over in the details of the collection which Jones has again done supremely well with in making it Dior’s own, including subtle references at Americana like vintage washed denim jeans. And who knows, this collection might just make you want to take a spontaneous road trip of your own.

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