Everyone's wondering why Delphine Arnault - Bernard's daughter - was front row at Gareth Pugh this week, sparking rumors that LVMH is gearing up to add the young designer to their luxury constellation. So here's the other part to that rumor: We hear that not only has Gareth already joined LVMH, but he's set to do so as Kris Van Assche's replacement at Dior Homme (no word on where KVA will go). And we'll all read about it very soon - Vogue Nippon has a piece coming out soon that details the move. Morning!
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Kim Jones to Replace Kris Van Assche at Dior Homme
The former menswear artistic director at Louis Vuitton will present his first collection for Dior Homme next June.
Rick Owens and Kris Van Assche Fall 2011 Men's: Leather, Legs, and Long Locks
PARIS--Rick Owens and Kris Van Assche might seem like stylistic opposites, but both their shows forecast a gentle, ergonomic warrior coming from a not-so-distant future. Think bare calves, leather on wool and flowy hair. (Did I just hear Emmanuelle Alt?) Rick Owens introduced neo-Goth to the fashion planet a few years ago--and since, the whole world caught on: walk on any high street and you’ll find a gazillion brands stocking leather, sheer and black, black, black. So when you are Rick Owens, where do you go next? The designer has chosen a mature, controlled path. His collection shown last night in Paris included kimono folds (a tad like Haider Ackerman’s last woman collection), grey hues, softer wools, slipper-like shoes: more inner peace, less outer chaos. “I’m not in the same place I was five years ago. I feel that what I’ve shown today is very different from when I started, and will be too in another five years,” Rick Owens told us after the show. “A designer always evolves. There is a sense of continuation but also of constant movement--but at core you just have to stay true to yourself.”