Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Dior Homme Spring/Summer 2009 + Justice's "Planisphere"

Dior Homme presented their spring/summer 2009 collection last June with Kris Van Assche at the helm. Specially for the occasion, French electronic duo Justice collaborated with the ready to wear label to provide the soundtrack. Gaspard Augé and Xavier de Rosnay of Justice join a long line of emerging talent and famous musicians who have lent their sound to the runway (one of the most noted of late being Daft Punk's mix for Louis Vuitton in 2007). Their synth-heavy electro-pop score complemented Van Assche's sartorial interpretation of the Dior aesthetic, which was marked by a lean silhouette, sharp lines and heavy retro-futuristic sunglasses.

Dior Homme s/s 2009 Part 1

Dior Homme s/s 2009 Part 2

Although reviews of the collection were mixed, Justice's contribution is immaculate, even while experienced sans visual accompaniment. For this reason, they released a four part EP entitled "Planisphere"; originally available via their MySpace page, it can now be downloaded on zSHARE. I highly recommend it, especially as an antidote to the wait us fans will have to endure for a follow-up full length LP to 2007's ("Cross").

In the meantime, to get your Justice fix, you can also check out their 2008 CD/DVD live album and documentary "A Cross The Universe," which follows the duo during their March 2008 North American tour.

Justice initially came to my attention via a TELUS television ad that aired in November 2007. I was captivated and searched the web frantically to determine who recorded the song and how I could get my hands on the full version. This was, of course, before the days of Shazam: now all you have to do is point your iPhone at the source of the music to find out what you're listening to.

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