A little fashion spy in LA tells us that Dior Homme is trying to get Hedi Slimane back into place. According to them, Kris Van Assche is feeling the same corporate bullshit that Hedi felt and has had it with the whole thing. Meanwhile, Dior itself is realizing that perhaps the reason Dior Homme was so lucrative under Hedi was because he was awesome, not because they tried hard to micromanage him. So... is Hedi going back into negotiations with Dior Homme? Or are there rocks in our head for suggesting it?
Subscribe to Our Newsletter
Givenchy Gets a New CEO; Old CEO Moves to Dior Homme
Former Alexander McQueen CEO Susan Whiteley has been confirmed as the new CEO of Givenchy Couture, reports WWD. Whiteley replaces Fabrizio Malverdi, who will now be running Dior Homme. Rumors circulated saying as much last month, so whether or not this has anything to do with Riccardo Tisci's possible move to Dior is unknown. But it does bring up an interesting point: If Tisci moves to Dior, he's likely to design the menswear as well. Which means Kris van Assche would be out of a job....
Dior Homme Spring 2012: About Less and More
Long Nguyen is the co-founder/style director of Flaunt. PARIS--When Belgian designer Kris van Assche was appointed creative director of Dior Homme in 2007, one of his first tasks was to build a close relationship with the Dior Homme atelier, established in 2000, to evolve the house’s trademark black suit (or what was then known as the skinny black suit). In his first several outings--a presentation at a mansion on Avenue Foch in July 2007 and his first show on the grounds of the Invalides near Napoleon’s tomb in January 2008--Mr. Van Assche did not veer far from the codes of the Hedi Slimane years, causing a barrage of criticisms. But a strong history can’t be changed overnight. Over the course of a few seasons, he loosened the skinny black suit and added hues of camel, Dior’s light gray and whites. With the spring 2009 collection, Dior Homme’s signature suit was now boxy yet elegant in its proportion, with draping that reflected the atelier’s craftsmanship. Last Saturday, in the giant indoor courts of the Tennis Club on the edge of Paris--where light grey and sheer toile veil divided the vast space into small sections to emphasize the privacy of the presentation--Mr. Van Assche sent out a collection of loose and flowing suits and coats, starting from ultra light in white, light ecru, camel to pale blue then to the obligatory black, a collection that revolved around the notion of "less and more," the theme of the show.