10 posts tagged "Kris Van Assche"
The party season started off with a bang last night in Beijing, when Dior Homme held its first-ever fashion show in China. A bevy of Chinese boldfaced names—like media mogul Hung Huang and “China’s number-one heartthrob,” Huang Xiaoming—headed to the Central Academy of Fine Arts’ Art Museum to view Kris Van Assche’s Fall 2013 presentation.
“I love the momentum of China, and Beijing seemed the right choice, since we had already staged some events in Shanghai,” Van Assche told Style.com. The show was a reprisal of the collection that debuted in Paris in January. Half of the models were cast locally, as was the show’s unexpected star—a black bat that swooped in and circled the runway.
Postshow, everyone migrated downstairs, where champagne and a performance by Hurts awaited. Naturally, the band was dressed in head-to-toe Dior Homme. “I think they are a great representation of contemporary dandyism,” Kris Van Assche said of the duo. Things got festive around 12:30 a.m., when some models challenged other merrymakers to a dance-off. Of course, no fashion fete is complete without an after-party. In this case, revelers were ferried off to Mesh, the hip bar inside The Opposite House hotel, where that oft-parodied phrase “models and bottles” actually rang true.
When the droves that came to Miami this week depart at the end of Art Basel Miami Beach, one new arrival will stay: Dior Homme, which opened its new store, and fifth in the U.S., on December 1st. Tonight marks the boutique’s launch event and, for the occasion, the label commissioned Miami native Bruce Weber to create a film that will become a permanent installation at the new store. “It’s one of the great perks of my job that I have the ability to work with these creative talents who I so admire,” says Dior Homme’s creative director, Kris Van Assche. “Bruce is an incredibly talented photographer and filmmaker and one of the most influential figures in the world of fashion. This new film is particularly fascinating as he brings a very personal aesthetic, and we tapped a particularly diverse range of young males.”
For Can I Make the Music Fly?, Weber tapped a few prodigies of the dance and classical music world: among them, fashion favorite Charlie Siem, who at 26 is already the veteran of several ad campaigns; the Ukrainian ballet dancer Sergei Polunin, whom Weber calls “the dance world’s fastest-rising star”; and 10-year-old Claudius Agrippa, an “astonishingly gifted” violinist. They do make the music fly, like the film’s dedicatee, the frenetic pianist Glenn Gould, used to. If this kind of impassioned playing seems to border on spectator sport, that’s all part of the Weber point. Miami, the photographer said in a statement, “is my hometown and also the hometown of a great ballet company and orchestra—and last but not least, the hometown of the Miami Heat. I made this film with all of that in mind; as well as my love for classical music and how sometimes the wildness of the 4th quarter of a basketball game is like the giant leap of a ballet dancer.” The trailer premieres exclusively on Style.com, above.
Dior Homme’s 57th Street digs are under construction. But lest any homme be left in the cold, the brand is relocating for a few months to a Greene Street pop-up that will be a temporary space—for now. “It’s good for us to be on 57th Street,” designer Kris Van Assche, in town to christen the new store, said last night at its opening party, co-hosted by Interview. “But we’ll see.” The turnout suggested that there are more than enough downtown fans to fill a Soho store should the time for a second outpost come. Certainly that would put Dior in line with its colleagues in European design. Soho has seen a renewed boom of designer retail recently; Stella McCartney recently moved from her Meatpacking District space to a shop a few doors down on Greene, and YSL and Balenciaga are set to open in the neighborhood soon.
In the meantime, the label is content to party. A jet-lagged Van Assche confessed he still had plenty of work to do on the Spring ’13 collection he’ll show in Paris in June, but he made a two-day visit to celebrate the space. Joining him were a constellation of male models, including Matt Hitt (just off his performance with his band, the Drowners, earlier this week), Ethan James, Charlie France, and Andrej Pejic. A scrum of young celebrity fans were kitted out in Dior for the occasion, too: Bryan Greenberg, Sebastian Stan, and Anton Yelchin swelled the ranks. (A post-Dawson James Van Der Beek was in evidence, too.) Commanding a corner was Kevin Jonas, not the first person you’d expect to see in such a venue. But as he explained, he and his brothers are growing up and branching out. The three are in the studio now, recording their new album, working in New York to accommodate Nick Jonas’ performing schedule in Broadway’s How to Succeed in Business. “It’s been a long time since we’ve done an album,” he said. “It’s a new journey, a new look, and a new sound. It’s time for change. I think people will be interested to hear where we’re headed.” About the new sound, he was loath to give too many details—”we’re in the development stage—the nitty gritty”—but about the new look, it wasn’t hard to see where his thoughts were headed. He was in head-to-toe Dior. “I wonder how much they’d notice if anything went missing?” he asked with a smile, glancing at the sunglasses display next to him.
Dior Homme is now open at 133 Greene St., NYC.
LVMH Gets Its Own Croc Tannery, The Demands Of The “New Breed” Haute Couture Clientele, Kris Van Assche’s Foray Into Film, And More…
LVMH has finalized plans to jointly own a crocodile tannery. That means high-quality crocodile skins for the croc coats that its various luxury brands, like Fendi and Celine, showed on the Spring runways. [WWD]
Ateliers are learning to cater to a “new breed of haute couture clients” from wealthy countries in the Gulf. One of their top demands: not having the same dress as their peers. That’s an understandable requirement when you are paying hundreds of thousands of dollars per dress. [Telegraph]
Supermodel Naomi Campbell and her boyfriend, Vladislav Doronin, will be honored for their charity work on October 17 at Denise Rich’s Angel Ball this year. The Cipriani Wall Street affair will also include performances by Patti LaBelle and DJ Cassidy. [Page Six]
Aside from doing Dior Homme, Kris Van Assche also designs his own men’s line. To showcase the Spring ’12 collection for the line, he teamed up with director Joost Vandebrug on his first fashion film. [Hint]
Dior Homme designer Kris Van Assche has made his particular brand of loose tailoring his trademark at the label, and recent collections have explored the ins, outs, and undersides of the atelier’s craftsmanship. It takes center stage—make that center screen—in Enfold/Unfold, a new short film Belgian photographer Willy Vanderperre created with Van Assche to spotlight Dior’s Fall 2011 collection. Shot at the Tennis Club de Paris, where the collection was shown, the short contrasts the softness of the clothing with the architecture of the set and and the venue. The film officially premieres tomorrow in Paris in honor of Fashion’s Night Out, when it will also go on www.diorhomme.com; here, Style.com offers an exclusive first look.