Strong Suits

DA MAN - - Essentials -

Un­like women’s for­mal wear, op­tions for men—like the ven­er­a­ble black-and-white tuxedo— tend to be rather stiff and stay un­chang­ing. Last Novem­ber, though, Kris Van Ass­che of

launched his Black Car­pet cap­sule col­lec­tion in Beijing, and it was a true gamechanger. This par­tic­u­lar se­lec­tion of suits cham­pi­ons edgy de­con­structed styling that man­ages to sex up the age-old pen­guin-like ensem­ble. To il­lus­trate, the col­lec­tion in­cluded a smok­ing jacket em­bel­lished with a wild splash of paint that looked like a fresh and mag­ni­fied scar. There was also a classy gray suit adorned with a three-di­men­sional line. “The idea,” the cre­ative di­rec­tor elab­o­rated, “was to con­vey the en­ergy and rebel at­ti­tude of the run­way col­lec­tion in a cap­sule col­lec­tion of evening wear while play­ing with the em­bel­lish­ment codes and know-how of Dior.” If any­thing, this rebel cer­tainly won the bat­tle.

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