Few have inspired the fashion industry like Kris Van Assche. His virtuoso and revolutionary style were evident post becoming artistic director with Dior Homme, 10 years ago. A rule breaker and risk taker, Assche’s unique style has won him critical acclaim and a legion of celebrity fans that includes David Beckham and John Legend.
His latest collection is no different.
Injecting a touch of daylight into the Dior Homme collection for Spring 2018, Assche confidently evolves the dark rave sensibility of his HARDIOR theme with a sophisticated optimism.
Think monochrome with touches of petrol green, vermillion red, grey marle and a wash of denim blues – juxtaposing athletic references with Dior Homme’s tradition of sharp tailoring.
Sports separates paired with slim blazers, cropped, wide cuff trousers, zipped mock neck tops, twill utility trousers and sweatshirts provide a relaxed urban edge, while the trope of the tracksuit stripe sees pinstripe nylon and wool fabrics overlocked, zig-zagged and topstitched to create a new hybrid detail.
Scribbled notes from Monsieur Dior’s archive become an all-over print, while kid soundbites become rebellious slogans, with shirts, knitwear, shoes and accessories boasting phrases such as STANDING IN THE CROWD ONE NIGHT and WE ALWAYS FELT WE WERE A LITTLE DIFFERENT. Meanwhile, the new DIOROSES embroidered badge reprises the white rose patch of the Summer 2016 collection and the HARDIOR motif returns as jacquard knitwear, ribbed collar details and bonded logo.
Adopting a more formal style is the Black Carpet collection. Here we see the tailcoat and cummerbund among embellished jacket styles featuring leather sequins, clustered bugle beads and bee embroideries across the breast and collar.
Monsieur Dior’s much-loved Lily of the Valley flower also returns as a subtle matte black brooch or all-over decoration, while a new denim capsule re-interprets the Dior Homme suit: matching denim jackets and straight leg jeans in raw indigo, bleached or distressed denim are worn with a classic shirt and tie.
The Lily of the Valley flower, a favourite of Monsieur Dior, returns in a subtle matte black brooch or all-over decoration.
Finally, a new denim capsule re-interprets the Dior Homme suit: matching denim jackets and straight leg jeans in raw indigo, bleached or distressed denim are worn together with a classic shirt and tie.