BEACH BLANKET BABYLON: Dior men’s designer Kim Jones is extending his collaboration with artist Kenny Scharf into a capsule collection of beachwear set to hit select Dior stores from mid-April.
The retro-tinged casual wardrobe spans T-shirts, polo shirts, shorts and bathrobes. Dior Oblique motifs in tone-on-tone are combined with terry cloth, along with two-tone effects and plays on transparency. Blue or white track suits feature the Dior logo in rubber.
A bandana featuring a Kenny Scharf painting from the Dior men’s beachwear collection. Courtesy of Dior
Scharf’s psychedelic 2011 painting “Viva Mare Viva Mar,” featuring aquatic creatures in pop colors, appears on a silk shirt and a swimsuit, as well as a bandana. Accessories include a boat bag in Dior Oblique jacquard, Atlas sandals in a new white version, and a steel water bottle with a leather and nylon strap.
A look from the Dior men’s beachwear collection. Eddie Wrey/Courtesy of Dior
Jones has made art collaborations a central feature of his design process, with a preference for artists that cross over into pop culture. Scharf’s cartoon-like paintings steeped in sci-fi inspired the pre-fall collection, unveiled in December with a film that showed models walking against an intergalactic backdrop to a soundtrack of Deee-Lite.
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