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When Christian Dior presented his fall/winter 1950-1951 collection, both his clients and editors raved. Three years after debuting his iconic New Look, Dior was at it again, this time with a collection of asymmetrical pieces, dubbed the Oblique line. “Its name alone is suggestive of a line that always balances audacity and dignity,” the designer wrote in his press release at the time.
More than half a century later, Kim Jones, Dior’s menswear designer extraordinaire, brought the collection’s signature bias silhouette back to the spotlight. Jones, of course, true to his genius self put his modern spin on it—most notably the jacket’s looser cut and single-button wrap silhouette—calling the new look Tailleur Oblique. And much like the enthusiastic reviews that Monsieur Dior enjoyed back then, Jones’ contemporary version is also being wholeheartedly embraced by fashion pros and celebrities alike.
Last month, Get Out actor Daniel Kaluuya attended the Annual Governors Awards gala sporting a black suit that consisted of a wool jacket ($2,800) with a single-button double-breasted fastening and matching pants.
Then earlier in November, Hollywood legend Patrick Stewart made news by showing up for the premiere of Charlie’s Angels wearing a slanted tuxedo jacket paired with a detachable scarf, all signed Dior ($2,400).
Finally, it was Agent 007 himself, Daniel Craig, who flaunted the tunic-like silhouette and matching pants this time in gray. Craig accessorized his Oblique suit with a dapper pocket square and a polka-dot tie in navy.
It’s fair to say that after so many celebrity endorsements, Dior’s Oblique suit is the must-have look of the fall/winter season.