Dior Homme knows that there’s no one quite as dark, dramatic and handsomely brooding than a man in a good black tuxedo – and so the house is launching its Black Carpet capsule collection for Spring 2017. “The idea of Black Carpet is to convey the energy and rebel attitude of the runway collection in a capsule of eveningwear while playing with the embellishment codes and know-how of Dior. Reworking the evening suit by pushing it with extreme interpretations,” explains Dior Homme’s artistic director Kris Van Assche.
An extreme interpretation of formal wear this is indeed – suits are rendered in fine wool, but with hound’s-tooth or Prince of Wales checks interrupted by graphic paint splashes (a nod to the brand’s corresponding main collection). The splashes are woven into the jacquard or applied as velvet flocking details, and appear black-on-black on cotton shirts.
Yet more unexpected techniques and finishes complete the Black Carpet range – think a creased effect on white shirting, raw edged fabric, and the satin lapel of a blazer “scarred” to reveal black and white scribble embroidery. And the trophy piece? That’s surely the collection’s white suit with all-over embroidery of Dior’s iconic lily of the valley flower – a look that has already been worn by Korean heartthrob and mega star Lee Min Ho.