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A collaborative pop-up arrives in London to mark the French fashion house's work with Los Angeles brand ERL Mens Shorts
When you think of Paris and Venice Beach, there are a few cultural comparisons that can be made. There's the shared love of coffee, whether it be a double espresso in Le Marais or a double matcha frappuccino along Abbot Kinney Blvd. Both citizens share a nonchalant attitude that can strike terror into people-pleasers the world over. And they both have thriving art scenes. That's about it. Yet when Dior’s Kim Jones debuted a collaboration with Eli Russell Linnetz of ERL in LA last May, their two respective design codes (formed by their transatlantic hometowns) made a covetable pairing.
Fast forward to a wet and windy 2023 and the collection is available to buy, ready to add some much-needed sunshine into your winter wardrobe. The mash-up led to a surfer cool update of Jones’ signature slouchy tailoring and boxy boy shorts, featuring tidal wave hoodies, newspaper-print shirts and acid-wash denim. Haute enough for the first arrondissement while equally as mellow for a coastal lifestyle.
Accessories took a dunk too. Dior’s B23 high-top was remastered with a quilted swirl resemblant of breaking waves, while the B96 and logo-embossed B23 Skater were new additions to the growing cult trainer collection. The rose-tinted sunglasses and padded bucket hats make for easy wearing come rain or shine. And as a contemporary bijou for the collegiate style blazers, a crystal wheat-shaped brooch with house initials dangling from its frame.
Boys Polo Shirt Those on English soil can get a taste of the two destinations without having to leave the capital city, as a pop-up celebrating the collection opens in Dover Street Market today. Expect to see some familiar references to British life as well as West Coast symbols, including a telephone booth alongside an American pink convertible. Who knew a such a fusion could work so well.