Kris Van Assche is stepping down from his post as Artistic Director at Dior Homme after 11 years at the helm. This was confirmed today by Petro Beccari, chairman and CEO of Christian Dior Couture.
Shortly after the news broke, it emerged that Kim Jones, who recently left Louis Vuitton after seven years, will be the one to replace the Belgian at Dior Homme. Dior's newly installed chairman, Pietro Baccari, said in a statement: "I am delighted to welcome Kim Jones at Dior Homme. He will benefit from the support of the teams and from the 'savoir-faire' of the Ateliers to create an elegant men's wardrobe both classic and anchored in contemporary culture. I am confident that he will continue to further develop Dior Homme on a global scale."
Beccari also thanked Van Assche for his work at the house, writing: “I thank Kris Van Assche for contributing to the amazing growth of Dior Homme by creating an elegant and contemporary silhouette for men. He wrote an important chapter in the history of Dior Homme and played a key role in its development.”
Van Assche also commented, saying: “After eleven years at Dior Homme, my mind and heart filled with experiences, I am leaving this beautiful house to pursue new challenges. I wish to thank Bernard Arnault for the trust he placed in me, Sidney Toledano and Serge Brunschwig for their warm welcome at Dior and their continuous support during all those years of collaboration.”
Van Assche started his career at Yves Saint Laurent in 1998 when he was appointed as Hedi Slimane’s first assistant for the Rive Gauche Homme line. When Slimane moved to Dior Homme in 2000, he followed his mentor before ultimately taking over the reigns upon Slimane’s departure in 2008.
Since then, the Belgian has redefined tailored menswear at Dior Homme, often opting for sleeker, minimalistic silhouettes.
In 2015, Van Assche shut down his eponymous line, KRISVANASSCHE, to focus on his work for Dior Homme – such was his dedication to the brand. For the SS17 season, Van Assche enlisted A$AP Rocky and Rami Malek, among others, to be the face of the campaign, showing his adeptness at staying with the times and making use of the influencers that have become so popular in today’s fashion world.
The designer has also shown that he can successfully bring his own personality into play at Dior Homme, recently opting to bring back tribal tattoos during the brand’s FW18 presentation. Punk and skater culture have also had an influence on Van Assche during his time in charge of the brand.
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