Van Assche's Gothic Rave revival at Dior

Uncertainty has reigned in the ladies division of the Dior arena until the recent rumors that Valentino Co-Creative Director, Maria Grazia Chiuri, would soon take the lead of Dior’s women’s wear division. But over on the men’s court things are steady as Kris Van Assche presented another stellar show during the Paris men’s collections. With support from major players like Karl Lagerfeld, A$AP Rocky, Dwyane Wade, Robert Pattinson, and Victor Cruz sitting front row, the show was to be a sure fire win. And it was!

Van Assche’s Spring/Summer 17 collection was a contemporary study in 90’s Gothic rave culture. From the super wide leg trousers and calf length duster to the bright red seam lines and patchwork details. I immediately recalled the All the Young Dudes montage from Clueless with the guys sporting Jinco jeans and chain wallets, but how does one modernize Hot Topic chic? Fine tailored suiting is the foundation of Dior’s menswear business and what Van Assche has done is combine that with the sporty aspects of rave culture to create a new look for the modern man. Floral patchwork accents and broken pinstripes added texture to dimension to the Dior suit noir. From sleeveless jackets and varsity trimming to a variety of pant lengths, Dior’s new man has all his urban suiting requirements fulfilled! 

Jim Duran

Photos by Yannis Vlamos courtesy of Vogue