essentials of style.
Dior Homme’s autumn accessories collection is a masterclass in Parisian elegance.
Dior’s definition of elegance.
Elegance is synonymous with being Parisian, but it was a concept I failed to fully grasp until my first stroll down the cobbled streets of Paris.
Young, with no self-imposed notions of dressing conservatively, and finally free from the sweltering Singapore heat, I unleashed every complex suiting combination that I had assembled in my head.
Think Harris Tweed suits, cutaway collar shirts, silk ties finished in a full Windsor knot, cashmere knitted cardigans, polished brogues, and finished off with a pocket square folded in a variety of unnecessary ways.
The only results I got from my efforts were the strange looks from the hotel receptionist. Perhaps it was the dread of more required walking on that particular day, or the constant layering of different articles of clothing that took a toll, but I eventually opted for a simple cut navy suit, white T-shirt and a pair of Stan Smiths. As I was leaving the hotel, the receptionist stopped me with: “You look elegant today.” “But not on other days?” I asked. “On other days, you looked like you were trying to be someone you’re not. Today, you embraced simplistic elegance. To Parisians, it’s always better to be elegant, to understand and dress for yourself, than to try to be something you are not.”
Christian Dior’s understanding of elegance came about in a different way. During his time working under fashion designer Robert Piguet, he was given the opportunity to design three collections. As Dior would recount: “Robert Piguet taught me the virtues of simplicity through which true elegance must come.”
Elegance, or at least the French definition of it, arises when you peel away the needless layers and allow simplicity to shine.
Which brings us to the matter at hand—Dior Homme’s leather goods for autumn. The collection channels the Parisian code of elegance, melds with Kris Van Assche’s ethos of inclusivity for men of all ages, and pays homage to the atelier of the house.
Duffle bags, briefcases, backpacks, pouches of both the handheld and crossbody variety, in buttery soft grained leather, feature the stamp of the Dior Homme Atelier at 3 Rue De Marignan, as well as the maison’s iconic bee motif. Available in a large colour palette— bold offerings in bright orange and electric blue, to the subtle navy, grey and burgundy—each piece carries a monochromatic leather bee charm.
In a time of logo mania and graphics dominating the fashion world, Dior Homme’s range of elegant leather goods is the perfect, quiet rebellion.