The seven-member South Korean boy band BTS is on a World Tour in US and Europe, entitled LOVE YOURSELF: SPEAK YOURSELF. They are already a global sensation having sold 10 million albums since their debut, been nominated for a Grammy, scaled the top spot on the Billboard 200 and Social 50 charts multiple times, and named one of Time’s 100 Most Influential in 2019. They have been rocking on stage dressed in Dior ensembles specially designed by Kim Jones, Dior’s Artistic Director of Menswear. Having met Kim Jones earlier this year, the members of BTS discovered a shared appreciation of the designer’s fresh, refined, yet playful aesthetic for Dior Menswear, not to mention an affinity for his signature hybrid of couture savoir-faire and cutting-edge technology echoing their own universe.
Kim Jones, already a fan of BTS, said,“I love BTS because they are really great guys and also super into fashion. Everyone I know is kind of crazy about them!” He created an ensemble of seven looks inspired by his Pre-Fall 2019 collection. The silhouettes are inspired by each of the members: RM, Jin, SUGA, j-hope, Jimin, Vet Jung Kook. Each of the members chose the look they wanted.Bombers, cargo pants and a military-inspired sweater mix together with pieces with a sportswear spirit, evoking the group’s hybrid allure. The through-line of this collaboration, shiny and lamé fabrics embody the collection’s retro-futuristic aesthetic. Metallic denim jackets pair with a bomber strewn with cherry blossoms, interlaced with dinosaur robots designed by Hajime Sorayama. The House’s emblematic signature, the Dior Oblique canvas, dons a leopard camouflage and crops up on jackets, bob hats and caps. Buckles designed by Matthew Williams, the creative director of 1017 ALYX 9SM, lend a utilitarian touch to pockets, harnesses and shoes – sneakers and combat boots that combine lightness and technical sophistication. As a final touch to these stage outfits, imposing industrial-style chains created by Yoon Ahn – decorated with locks, nuts and bolts – mingle with rings.
Schedule of the World Tour LOVE YOURSELF: SPEAK YOURSELF in US and Europe:
May 4: Los Angeles
May 11: Chicago
May 18: New Jersey
May 25: Brazil San Paulo
June 1-2: London
June 7-8: Paris