A minimalist, neon-lit skate park set the scene for the unveiling of Kris van Assche’s A/W 2016 Dior Homme Collection earlier this week in Paris. Produced by Etienne Russo’s Brussels-based studio Villa Eugenie, the composition of glowing red ramps and halfpipes echoed van Assche’s disruptive, skate-culture-inspired vision for the season, which he realised in a palette of red, black and white and a flurry of disrupted floral prints, tartan and fair isle patterns.
Crowned by a vast glittering chandelier, the set was bathed in red light for a show that sought to fuse grunge with luxury and a mood of rebellion with celebration.
Clad in Dior’s signature slim, crisp tailoring contrasted by wide legged trousers and oversized outerwear, the models stalked around Russo’s light sculptures to the thud of electronic music. In the background, a specially commissioned film shot a few days previously by photographer Willy Vanderperre projected footage of the same models dancing in the same clothes but in a different context onto a huge digital screen.
‘The collection is about taking elements of the past, but bringing them into the present and reflecting on where we are now, in the situation of today,’ says Van Assche of the show’s focus on time. ‘It’s a moment in time for a contemporary generation.’