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?
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Menswear Wrap Up: Dior Homme, Thom Browne, and Givenchy
Couture is well underway, making it easy to forget all the fantastic menswear shows that hit the Paris runways over the weekend. Luckily we had Flaunt's fashion director and Fashionista contributor Long Nguyen there to report back. Here, his take on Givenchy's homage to Africa and the boom box; Dior's elegant yet sporty, more laid-back vibe; and Thom Browne's wild take on military.
The Last of the Menswear Reviews: Lanvin, Dior Homme, and Thom Browne
Long Nguyen is the co-founder and style director of Flaunt. Our contributor Long Nguyen has made it through the men's shows and is well into couture
Dior Homme Fall 2012: Modern Military
Long Nguyen is the co-founder and style director of Flaunt. PARIS--If there's ever consistency in Kris Van Assche’s work for Dior Homme, where he's been the creative director since 2007, it's that he often sticks to a singular idea and develops a collection around it. Last season’s "Less And More" collection, while delivering on the goods at retail, lacked the spark that’s central to the appeal of men’s designer fashion. On Saturday afternoon at the Club de Tennis on the outskirts of Paris, Mr. Van Assche delivered a radically different collection called "A Soldier on My Own," centered around military uniforms. This time the set of the show was a simple and straight-forward runway with white doors (replicas of the doors at Dior’s Avenue Montaigne headquarters) and charcoal wooden platforms instead of the multi-room presentation from last season. Sticking to a muted palate of military olive greens and navys allowed Mr. Van Assche to apply more sportswear and casual clothing elements--like a long wool zippered parka coat--to the more tailored tradition of Dior.