KRIS VAN ASSCHE | SPRING / SUMMER 2013 MENSWEAR
It should be the essential product of any man’s wardrobe: The classic white t-shirt. Kris Van Assche claims that, “every guy needs his white t-shirt.” The Belgium born, Paris based designer, who has previously worked for designers such as Yves Saint Laurent, and is now the artistic director of Dior Homme, launched his own label Kris Van Assche in 2005.
The Kris Van Assche spring summer 2013 menswear collection showcased the classic mixture of tailored sportswear, but with a difference. Starting off his stylish combination of sharp short-sleeved shirts with t-shirt sleeves or backs, as well as an all in one, designed to resemble the layered effect of a shirt and jacket combo. This is partnered with pleated chino shorts, ranging from the obligatory beige to pastel blue, or jeans, and is topped off with black leather shoes. Van Assche then moves into a slightly darker stance, as if he is accounting for the man on the go. Allowing for accessories such as baseball caps and backpacks to be introduced, outerwear with gathered backs gives the designs shape, all whilst reassuring us that this is what smart/casual wear men have been missing. Needing!
Whilst some have played down this collection as too simple and claim that this trend is accessible and doesn’t work, Kris Van Assche has managed to create a collection which has built pieces of clothing that mix between sport and elegance, sharpness and style, and doesn’t outweigh practicality. His cuts are perfectly put together to allow for the many walks of life men are likely to encounter. By doing this Kris Van Assche has managed to establish himself as an integral part and at the forefront of menswear fashion.
- Drew Davies
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