by Stephen Garner

Dior has released its new men’s beachwear capsule inspired by artistic director Kim Jones’s creative dialogue with Kenny Scharf, the French luxury brand’s fall/winter 2021 collection collaborator.

This new beachwear collection is done in partnership with Artestar, a global licensing agency and creative consultancy representing high-profile artists, photographers, designers, and creatives.

The range is described by the brand as the “crossroads of vintage, sportswear, fashion, and casual universes” and is full of “free and joyful energy.”

Brimming with the influence of the American artist, this collection is composed of a silk shirt and a swimsuit – complete with a bandana – brought to life through Scharf’s iconic Viva Mare Viva Mar painting, which features aquatic creatures in pop colors.

Echoing the 1960s and 1970s, retro t-shirts, polo shirts, shorts, and bathrobes combine Dior Oblique motifs in tone-on-tone and terry cotton, along with two-tone effects, and plays on transparency are also seen in the collection.

Tracksuits are also included in the collection in blue or white, and feature the “Dior” logo in rubber; leather goods and accessories also punctuate these looks. In this spirit, the Saddle Clutch or a refined Boat Bag adorned with the Dior Oblique jacquard are subtly paired with the Dior Paradise espadrilles.

Rounding out the collection, the essential Dior Atlas sandals come in a new white version. As a final touch, a bottle in steel may be worn crossbody thanks to an irresistible leather and nylon shoulder strap.