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Tranquil and Transformative, Dior Men SS23 Blooms Between Normandy and Sussex

Three days ago in Paris, guests of Dior Men’s Spring/Summer 2023 presentation were transported to a dreamy seaside garden between Northern France and southeast England. A floral landscape of colorful botanicals and coastal structures were reimagined from two landmarks in both Normandy and Sussex: Monsieur Christian Dior‘s storied garden and pink house in France; and a replica of an English country house once visited by the Bloomsbury Group—a British group of artists, writers, and creatives from the early 20th century, which has been known to inspire the designer Kim Jones.

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For the show, a lush lawn of colorful flowers bloomed from below, lining the zig-zag catwalk that appeared in front of the pink abode. Above, a panoramic view of a painted blue sky met at an oceanic horizon, drawing our eyes to a multi-level scene of calm hues and shoreline views. The tranquil atmosphere, both fit for a trip down memory lane and an inspirational look into the future, paved the way for an unforgettable collection to appear.

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Dressed on models were looks that tugged on utilitarian cues and artistic flair, with asymmetrically fastened garments, backpacks with hoods, and handheld bags with compartments for water bottles underneath. Balmy colors like warm clay and grey were seen speaking with sky blue and rose, setting a sweet tone for seasonal paneled and layered garments.

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From head to toe, high-low pairings—like straw summer hats with blazers and fuzzy sweaters with rubber shoes—were seen trickling down the runway, dotted by interesting new pieces and fascinating new accessories. Long John-esque shorts appeared under other loose-fitting shorts, reminiscent of two-in-one workout attire; a small leather monogrammed fanny pack featured adjustable straps to hold a small rolled-up scarf, similar to a traveling blanket carrier; a satin windbreaker jacket was seen with a mesh zip-close panel on its front with floral detailing underneath; and breathable taupe-colored shoes in a laser-cut rubber, like an elevated waterproof swim shoe, was tightened with study strings on an emblem fastener.

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