Salon d’honneur of the Grand Palais. The first clue. A new location for this afternoon’s show, something’s going on at Dior homme. Kris Van Assche is here to tell us more, the creative mind behind the menswear collection at the LVMH owned brand has given MFF an exclusive preview of the collection that is about to hit the catwalk. A collision of luxury and street style, blending tailoring and youth culture. A project in development, the communications team ready to pump up the volume. This year the house turns 70 and in April Van Ascche will have been there for 10 years. “There have been changes in the last year, it feels like working in a new company, there’s a really good energy,” Van Assche explained to MFF in an exclusive interview, while having his picture taken for this edition, with a model wearing one of the preview looks from the fall/winter 2017 show. A look that starts to tell the story of this season’s silhouette. A new look for men, bringing together the atelier and the street. Tailored jackets reconstructed, leaner, more fitted at the cuffs but with the aim of allowing the arms to move freely. Wide leg trousers, cropped skater style. With the portbonneur pendants of Monsieur Christian Dior darkened and transformed into chain accessories. Gloves and white socks add a graphic flash. Goth style bands on trouser hems or on sneakers with thick, contrasting soles, sporty on classic. And that fetish style writing, HarDior, chunky and emblematic of an aesthetic mix, a mantra that can be seen on bags and clothes, as well as on the ties worn with suits.
Kris Van Assche with a look from his Fall/Winter 2017 menswear collection (shot exclusively by Pascal Gambarte for MFF)