A major change has taken place in the menswear fashion world. Artistic director of Dior Homme, Kris Van Assche, has officially stepped down after 11 years. Prior to Dior Homme, Van Assche worked under Hedi Slimane at Yves Saint Laurent’s menswear.
To give you a little background, Slimane launched Dior Homme in 2000. Between 2000 and 2007, Van Assche acquired the role of studio assistant at Dior Homme. In 2007, Slimane departed from Dior Homme, and Van Assche took over his position as artistic director.
Van Assche is credited with stabilizing the success of the menswear collection, with his work stemming from a conglomeration of music-world references, cult obsessions, classic tailoring and sophistication, according to “Vogue.” Boy George, A$AP Rocky and Robert Pattinson are just a few iconic male celebs that Van Assche incorporated in his shows.
Former Louis Vuitton men’s artistic director Kim Jones is now succeeding Van Assche at Dior Homme. The change comes surprising to some, as many were wondering where Jones would end up after his departure from Louis Vuitton.
Just like Van Assche’s reputation for continuous rebirth of menswear, Jones has sent shockwaves through the fashion industry too. During the fall 2017 runway, Louis Vuitton showcased a collaboration with Supreme, a partnership overseen by Jones.
You can expect to see Jones’ first Dior Homme collection at the upcoming Paris men’s shows this June.
As for Van Assche, he states, “After 11 years at Dior Homme, my mind and heart filled with experiences, I am leaving this beautiful house to pursue new challenges.”