In a normal year, Paris would be awash with fashion photographers and models, and content creators would be rubbing shoulders at the Dior Menswear show. But this isn't a normal year — and with the city in its current state of lockdown and fashion week going mostly digital, Paris has become more abstracted than ever.
Of course, the fashion capital has always had a mythic allure that carried farther than its arrondissements. Even as an idea, the city continues to seduce creators from around the world. So while it might not be possible to physically travel to Paris this fashion week, Highsnobiety aimed to harness some of the magic by putting Dior’s Summer 2021 collection into the hands of the creatives that love it the most — like Deon Hinton, Alex Gowon, Alex Roth, Eric Jess, and Tanner Reese.
If any collection celebrated the power of creativity and art's capacity to transport, it's Kim Jones' collaborative collection with Ghanaian-born, Vienna-trained artist Amoako Boafo. For Jones and Boafo, and Paris itself, the African continent has provided an infinite source of inspiration. Each piece is a dialogue, drawing from the graphic patterns that characterize Boafo's work and Jones' childhood spent in Botswana, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Kenya, and Ghana.
To truly appreciate the painterly quality of the collection — the intricately realized surfaced, printed, and layered ribbed knits, incorporating jacquard patterns — it needs to be worn. So we asked Hinton, Gowon, Roth, Jess, and Reese to model their favorite pieces from the comfort of their respective homes, and wax lyrical about Paris, Dior, and creativity in lockdown.