In the teeth of the UK’s temperamental weather, it might seem a tad early to be recognising one of the key summer trends, but the arrival of the blouson into even the most risk-averse male wardrobe is a multi-layered moment, both figuratively and practically.
This Friday’s opening of Vessel, a maze-like ‘park’ at the nucleus of the Hudson Yards development, is spring’s hottest ticket. Thomas Heatherwick’s design rivals the High Line for Manhattan promenading, and while it may not feel cool to climb the 2,500 stairs (154 flights!) around its 80 landings in NYC’s summer heat, the waiting list is long.
Next week, the largest Dior retrospective ever mounted in Britain opens in London’s Victoria and Albert Museum. 'Dior, Designer of Dreams' is set to be a cultural highlight of 2019. Pity Dior’s incumbent designer, Maria Grazia Chiuri, who has to compete with the shock and awe of Dior’s 1947 New Look and make current Dior seem equally as exciting and glamorous.
Fashion decries formulae, but there is no getting away from the fact that right now menswear is marching to a particularly strident beat, laid down by a phalanx of designers, some of whom have themselves been on manoeuvres (Kim Jones replacing the Berluti-bound Kris van Assche at Dior, his seat at Louis Vuitton filled by Virgil Abloh), in what was a busy 2018 for the LVMH corporate carousel.