Shake Up At Dior Homme
It has been announced that Kris Van Assche will be stepping down as Artistic Director of Dior Homme after 11 years with the brand, marking the first big change at Christian Dior Couture since Pietro Beccari arrived as Chairmen and CEO six weeks ago. "I thank Kris Van Assche for contributing to the amazing growth of Dior Homme by creating an elegant and contemporary silhouette for men," said Beccari. "He wrote an important chapter in the history of Dior Homme and played a key role in its development."
Van Assche's moody aesthetic was a wondrous continuation of the vision his predecessor, Hedi Slimane, imagined. His long spell at Dior will be defined by ultra-skinny black tailoring, sports inspired accessories and of course pin-sharp silhouettes. "After eleven years at Dior Homme, my mind and heart filled with experiences, I am leaving this beautiful house to pursue new challenges," added Van Assche. "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."
It has just broke that Kim Jones will take up the plum design role, only two months after exiting Louis Vuitton as Men’s Artistic Director. The English designer will be joining an illustrious team of professional at Dior headlined by Maria Grazia Chiuri, Artistic Director of women’s haute couture, ready-to-wear and accessory collections, and Victoire de Castellane, its Fine Jewellery Designer since 1998. With a certain street credibility and 345,000 Instagram followers, Jones will definitely shake the reins at Dior Homme, whose image is rather focused on slim tailoring, pioneered by Slimane and beautifully executed by Van Assche. Of Kim Jones’ appointment, Beccari said: “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.ˮ