Es­sen­tials of style

Esquire (Singapore) - - Style -

Dur­ing these 10 years at the helm of Dior Homme, Kris Van Ass­che has never shied away from col­lab­o­rat­ing with dif­fer­ent artists and in­cor­po­rat­ing their works into the gar­ments and ac­ces­sories he sends down the run­way. Of­ten, Van Ass­che col­lab­o­rates with artists whose works em­body the ethos and mood of the par­tic­u­lar col­lec­tion. Last sea­son, for ex­am­ple, he tapped into Dan Witz’s re­al­is­tic paint­ing of the mosh pit

to en­cap­su­late the quin­tes­sence of rave and punk rock of the col­lec­tion.

The Dior Homme sum­mer 2018 col­lec­tion is an af­fir­ma­tion of the codes of Chris­tian Dior, seen through the lens of Van Ass­che. But what does that mean and why the choice of François Bard? When asked,

Van Ass­che says: “For the sum­mer 2018 show, I asked the French painter François Bard to col­lab­o­rate on ready-to-wear pieces and ac­ces­sories fea­tur­ing his oil paint­ings of hooded fig­ures and or­chids that rep­re­sent dif­fer­ent as­pects of my uni­verse. His work ap­proaches con­tem­po­rary sub­jects but with clas­si­cal tech­niques,

an idea that em­bod­ies the twist in my work at Dior Homme.”

We speak to Bard to find out more about the col­lab­o­ra­tion with Van Ass­che, what he is try­ing to say with his work and his thoughts on the fash­ion world.

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