Kris Van Assche
January 20, 2011 Paris
If his suits aren't totally recognizable as suits, they are recognizably KVA: loose but angular, dark, protective. There's an armored look to the designer's clothes. They reveal very little, and they open with difficulty. Traditional suits tend to be defined by their buttons—two-button, three-button, or, heaven help us, four, or more—but Van Assche's close with zippers or, more often than that, with covered plackets that make them seem seamless and impenetrable. They creep up to cover the throat. And when they don't, he'll happily make a knit turtleneck dickey (no other word for it) to do the job.
It's a dog-eat-dog corporate world out there, an old saw Van Assche takes nearly literally. Protect your neck.