Kim Jones gets inspired by the art of dance for latest collection
Departing from the modernity showcased in the spring of 2024, Kim Jones takes a more classical approach, drawing inspiration from the past for the fall 2024 collection. This season, the designer is deeply influenced by the art of dance, seamlessly blending ballet silhouettes with the signature codes of Dior from Yves Saint Laurent’s tenure at the fashion house.
“I had been thinking about the relationship between the ballet dancer Margot Fonteyn and Monsieur Dior. The masculine interpretation of this also involved thinking about her most famous dance partner: Rudolf Nureyev,” Kim explains in an official statement. “Nureyev is entwined with my personal history because of my uncle, the photographer Colin Jones. Colin had been a ballet dancer, had a friendship with and photographed the star. The collection, or rather collections, are about contrast: the contrasts in the House of Dior in terms of ready-to-wear and haute couture. It’s the difference between onstage and backstage; the life of Nureyev theatrically and in reality. Here it is a meeting of the dancer’s style with that of the Dior archive.”
The show’s opening look features a monochromatic pairing of a grayscale coat and onesie. This ensemble is accentuated by nude socks worn with ballet flats and a turban, setting the tone for the entire show.
Signature silhouettes include tailored pieces such as the bar jacket, double-breasted coats, leather jackets, and other outerwear adorned with embellishments. Wool, ribbed knits, and pleated pieces grace the runway, complemented by accessories with a ballet-inspired aesthetic, including mary-jane sneakers, headbands, and soft utilitarian bags.