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Kris Van Assche Mixes Up Tailoring and Short Shorts at Dior Homme

Kris Van Assche makes Dior Homme in his own image. Today’s Spring 2018 showstarted with a signature of the house, tailoring, and undid its staid connotations, turning tailor’s ribbon into a logoed fabric and cutting suiting high and short. Sarah Mower will get into the meanings behind Van Assche’s designs in her review—below, 5 things to know about the show.

Karl is Kris’s Biggest Fan
Karl Lagerfeld is a longtime Dior Homme shopper, dating back to Hedi Slimane’s tenure at the house. Today he sat front row to take in Van Assche’s latest collection and probably pick out pieces for his own Spring wardrobe.

Logomania Meets Labels in Suiting and Scarves
Much like Maria Grazia Chiuri, his counterpart at Dior’s womenswear operation, Van Assche is constantly on the hunt to find new ways to incorporate Dior’s logo. This season he stitched labels to the outsides of garments, turning tailor’s ribbon into a fabric for suiting, and made skinny scarves that emulate the look of a Dior label. There were even thin logo ribbons wrapped around models’ wrists like music festival passes and weekender bags branded with the maison’s classic logo.

Dior Boys Wear Short Shorts
The trend for thigh-baring shorts continues. Van Assche’s take on men’s mini shorts came loose and worn with everything from bomber jackets to double-breasted blazers

Are Your Ready for the Short-Sleeved Suit?
Well, you better be. One of Van Assche’s suits featured a short-sleeved blazer, to accommodate those hot days in the office.

Last Season’s Ragers Are Still Going Strong
Van Assche is a music aficionado with a penchant for techno—last season this came through in a series of photographic prints of a mosh pit and “Hardior” printed pieces. This season, the reference is more subtle. Some perfectly proper sweater-vests are stitched with the words “Late Night Summer.”

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