Kris Van Assche’s latest collection for Dior Homme was inspired by the idea of the hybrid.
It is the longstanding Belgian creative director’s ode to versatility: “Today, people don’t just fit in the box, they fit into many and all at once,” he said backstage at the label’s FW 16 presentation. A range of silhouettes were sent down the runway, and woven into them, a variety of notions on masculinity: there was the torero-esque silhouette, narrow-waisted with a bow tied around the neck, as well as a floral print, boyish take on the three-piece suit, and variations of both with sprinkles of streetwear flair – hoodies, duffle coats, shiny black dress shoe sneakers.
Van Assche presented the looks in a skatepark-themed setting, blasting Deutsch Amerikanische Freundschaft and seamlessly uniting youth culture codes, which resembles the discourse of teenagers on Tumblr, a platform which hosts discussions that undermine binary ways of thinking. “When you see too clearly where things come from, you’ve only done half of the job,” the 40-year-old designer once said.
In this editorial, 032c’s Marc Goehring carves out the collection’s ideas of adaptability, and multiplicity. Photographed by Marcel Nestler, a belt doubles as a choker and a necklace turns into a rosary.
Photographer: Marcel Nestler
Stylist: Marc Goehring
Model: Lukas M. @ Tomorrow Is Another Day