If there were ever a time to shake up the Establishment, it’s now. This awards season, Dior Homme artistic director Kris Van Assche applies that mantra to the red carpet, unveiling what he calls “extreme interpretations” of men’s formal wear.
Inspired by an ongoing fascination with ’80s new wave, his Black Carpet capsule collection bears the label’s trademark elegance while harking back to an era defined by irony and whimsy.
Smoking jackets are slashed, slippers are sequined, a white suit is embroidered with lilies of the valley. The best pieces, however, are literally the splashiest: slim-cut tuxes in wool houndstooth and Prince of Wales check streaked with vibrant hues, and black shirting with paint blots in the form of velvet flocking.
Risky? Yes. Over the top? Sure. But as any Oscar-toting diva will tell you, you’ll never win playing it safe.
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