Kris Van Assche
January 17, 2008 Paris
So casual was the styling, in fact, that trouser legs often caught on boots and the tech high-tops that were the primary foot look. One leg up, one leg down used to be ghetto code for an illegal activity, but Van Assche claimed it was all about "getting ready in two minutes." He did, however, amplify the effect with a curious hitched ankle on some of his pants. "Élégance mal raséeunshaven elegancewas the designer's own tag for outfits that combined a tux jacket with black cords, or a shawl-collared jacket in glen plaid with jeans. Such mash-ups are scarcely anything new (there's a definite Marc Jacobs edge to them), but word of mouth suggests that Van Assche has managed to connect them to a style-hungry audience all his ownso why did he send out a T-shirt with the surly slogan "Fuck You All"?
By the way, the models stripped at the finale and threw their clothes in the washing machines. No time for dry cleaning.