For fall 2017, designer Kris Van Assche set about creating suits for the streetwear generation as part of his raver-inspired collection.
“So much has been said about young people not wanting to wear tailoring anymore, like tailoring is over and everybody is doing jeans and sweatshirts and sportswear, and I feel like we at Dior — since tailoring is so much the core of what we do and what we know how to do — we should just reinvent the suit so that it will appeal to young people,” Van Assche explained backstage after the show.
“It’s not that the suit is over. We haven’t maybe just given them the right suit. So that was the whole starting point: giving them something loose and cool, and then something really chic on top. That mix, I think, can work for the young generation,” he added.
True to form, the collection merged upscale tailoring with the vitality of club culture. Dramatic outerwear pieces were printed with mosh pit imagery, the result of a collaboration with artist Dan Witz, while turtleneck sweaters were printed with Dior’s portrait and had a slogan underneath reading, “They should just let us rave.” Other looks came emblazoned with the word “Hardior” which is a play on the word “Hardcore”.
There were subtle disruptions to classic tailoring, like a black topcoat with couture-like flyaway thread embroidery and new proportions as fitted jackets were teamed with loose pants, some of them cropped above the ankle.
Fluro touches came via 90s inspired furs, which were dabbed with turquoise dye and an orange pony skin trench coat, worn with oversized mirrored sunglasses for additional effect. So the young men of today can rave in Dior Homme no less.