Kris Van Assche, Creatieve Director of Dior Homme for the past 11 years, is leaving the post. The Belgian menswear designer, according to WWD, is set to remain within the LVMH conglomerate in a new role. Van Assche’s departure from Dior coincides with the appointment of Pietro Beccari, the former chief executive of Fendi, as CEO of Dior.
After moving to Paris in 1998, Kris almost immediately began his tenure with Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche Homme as first assistant with Hedi Slimane. He then followed Hedi over to Dior Homme were Hedi took the brand to new levels and reimagining menswear for a whole new generation to come. Kris took over the position in 2007 and has continued to move the brand forward with his often minimalist colour palette and urban streetwear references. Van Assche recently worked along side photographer David Sims for the latest Dior Homme campaign which included artists such as The Pet Shop Boys, Boy George and Depeche Mode lead singer David Gahan.
It has been confirmed that Kris is set to be replaced by former mens style director at Louis Vuitton, Kim Jones.
Hubert de Givenchy, one of both Paris’ and the worlds finest designers, passed away on Saturday. The designer was well known for dressing both fashion icons Jackie Kennedy and Audrey Hepburn, as well as going on to establish what is undoubtedly one of the most revered fashion houses of the past 50 years.
Hubert de Givenchy started out working along side Christian Dior, Pierre Balmian and Elsa Schiaparelli before establishing his own house at the Plaine Monceau, Paris in 1952. In February that year presented his debut collection featuring the iconic ‘Bettina’ blouse, named after his PR director and model of the day Bettina Graziani, it was made from the raw cotton “shirting” previously only used for couture fittings.
The following year he met Audrey Hepburn and quickly realised the power of enlisting a film star to help attract clients to the house of Givenchy. Hubert went on to design the black dress Hepburn famously wore in Breakfast at Tiffany’s. His designs were seen at the time to be far more innovative than those of fellow designers at the time such as Dior and was one of the youngest designers of the progressive Paris Fashion scene. Givenchy retired from fashion in 1995 when John Galliano took over the rains for a brief stint, this was followed by a longer tenure by the designer Alexander McQueen who, to the horror of Givenchy’s staunch clientele, brought the Givenchy up to the modern day couture house it is now, leading the way for Ricardo Tisci to transform the house into the modern day power house it is today.
Bogarde, the Parisian retro adult BMX designers & manufacturers, have teamed up with Dior Homme to release a limited addition BMX bike. The bike, which retails at €2,500, is finished with the Dior Homme house colours of black and red with the brands bee logo engraved on the handles and fit nicely into designer Kris Van Assche’s aesthetic of fine tailoring and 90’s streetwear. The ad for the bike first appeared on Dior Hommes instagram account back in October and features model, bike enthusiast and youtube star Austin Augie. The bikes are set to launch during the Sole DXB streetwear festival in Dubai.
Sole DXB streetwear festival, Dubai design district Dec 7th – Dec 9th 17
To celebrate its 70th anniversary Dior is releasing a 7 volume anthology, paying homage to its 7 creative directors, featuring photographs by Laziz Hamani. Founded in 1947, the seven designers who have shaped the history of the couture house, Christian Dior, Yves Saint Laurent, Marc Bohan, Gianfranco Ferré, John Galliano, Raf Simons and Maria Grazia Chiuri are all featured in each tome exploring the world and creations of the designers who have marked the storied Maison. Accompanying the images will be a written contribution by Alexander Fury. The first volume, featuring Christian Dior himself, was released late 2016 and has now been followed up by the volumes of the next 6 designers.