Dior Homme creative director Kris Van Assche draws from many inspirations – from cult director Larry Clark’s grimly realistic cinematic vision of youth to The xx’s melancholic indie music via Rinus Van de Velde’s intense narrative charcoal drawings. The common thread in his aesthetic preference is darkness and magnetic imperfection, a fascination the Belgian menswear designer has now distilled into his Black Carpet collection for the French brand.
‘The idea is to desacralise eveningwear by giving a roughness to the clothes,’ says Van Assche, who added depth to the black by working paint splashes into jacquard, slashing lapels, and using black and white scribbled embroidery. Applied in a spontaneous way, the details are unmistakably deliberate, showcasing the Dior Homme atelier’s detailed craftsmanship.
‘Black Carpet is similar to my collection, where the sartorial blends with sportswear,’ says Van Assche. ‘But here it is about letting the ultimate handmade details go hand-in-hand with a cooler attitude.’
As originally featured in the January 2017 issue of Wallpaper* (W*214)