The Dior Denim Capsule hit the shelves late last month, just in time to shake up late-fall, early-winter dress codes. With a slew of fashionable looks inspired by the timeless utility of denim, the capsule collection embodies the cleanly, stylish potential of freshly-laundered blue jeans. Industrial yet sleek, the collection makes a foray into a more youthful market than traditional evening wear. That said, it manages to retain the quality construction we’ve come to expect from Dior. With the enduring appeal of simple neutrals, these fits make a solid case for including Dior in your ‘everyday staple’ rotation.
Jones treats us to a variety of classic denim washes — first up is the textured, sky-and-cloud light-wash palette. From silver buttons to leather patches, the jacket radiates classic. Pockets adorn the chest, a nod to the material’s signature utility. The regular-cut jeans sport hems that blossom atop a pair of grey-white Dior sneakers. Sun-bleached and sophisticated, the light-wash denim preserves the casual ease of its comfortable cotton with ample room around the leg. The jeans are baggy, to be sure, but not overly so — just enough to allow unrestricted function alongside breezy, confident form.
Transitioning into darker waters, deep rainy blues bring about a slight edge of moodiness. The slim-fit jeans scale from grey-blue to almost indigo, effortlessly illustrating the full breadth and potential of well-made denim fabric. Cuffing at the ankles, they’re styled to emphasize the boundless, multifaceted use of material, holding the line of durability.
Kim Jones’ well-documented affinity for workwear is almost an Easter-egg in his collections. He infuses dressing window looks with an almost pulled-up-by-the-bootstraps grit. Working with eco-friendly cotton, Jones channels its flexible essence into skater-esque “carpenter-cut” pants. They push the limits of functionality in high-fashion, building a much-needed bridge across the gap between style and purpose.
The entire Dior Denim Collection is a study in subtlety; fabric fades range from dramatic to hazy. Spun from eco-friendly cotton, the clothes are at once strikingly prepared (as the essence of denim ought to be), yet comfortable, soft, and inviting. The quiet luxury of Dior Denim can be comfortably worn with tennis shoes or steel-toed work boots — this high-functioning fabric is ready for anything.