Musician Cordae first heard of Dior when he was 10 years old, listening to Kanye West’s 2007 hit, “Stronger.” “My first interaction with the brand was when I heard Kanye rapping the lines, ‘Awesome, the Christian in Christian Dior,'” the Maryland native shares. O by email. “I thought the name sounded dope and luxurious.” Surely, if you told Cordae, a pre-teen, that he would be sitting front row at a show put on by the French label, he wouldn’t believe it. But at 24, the rapper and singer, whose career as a venerable pop star has soared at a dizzying pace since his debut album, The lost Boy, dropped out in 2019, and since several sightings of him with his girlfriend, tennis superstar Naomi Osaka, attending a bunch of fashion events over the past two years. Among them: Dior’s spring 2023 capsule show, which took place on Friday, May 20 in Venice, Calif. The line, called “California Couture,” was created by Dior menswear creative director Kim Jones and guest starred Eli Russell Linnetz of ERL. For the occasion, Cordae flew to Los Angeles from Miami, where he was “preparing music with Pharrell,” he says, and opted for a head-to-toe Dior look that included a pair of taupe clogs. of the homeThe fall 2022 collaboration with Birkenstocks, a gray collared jacket and white pants with gray socks sticking out from underneath. “My goal in life is to always dress like a rich hipster,” Cordae says of his personal day-to-day style, adding that he loves pea coats (“I’m a huge jacket/coat advocate lol”) , but the most prized possession in his closet is undoubtedly “the shoes my brother left for me before he got locked up.”
The look Cordae wore to the Dior men’s show was a notable change from his teenage style, which he said involved wearing “G-Star, a local DC-area brand called Solbiato, and Nike. Foamposites and Jordans”. But it’s all part of an evolution in self-expression that extends from the way he dresses to the music he creates. “I’m taking a different approach this time around,” he says of his last studio stint. “I worked with a lot of different producers, being more experimental, trying out different sounds. New music on fashoski way.”
Below, Cordae shares a photo diary in his own words of the Dior men’s presentation, which includes getting ready for the hotel, meeting Kid Cudi and flexing his Hit the Road messenger bag.