Kris Van Assche has led Dior's menswear division for the past 11 years.
Just when we thought the fashion industry's game of musical chairs couldn't go any faster, it's been reported that Dior Homme's Artistic Director Kris Van Assche is exiting his role after a remarkable 11 years at the helm. The LVMH Group has announced that Kim Jones will be his successor — two months after Jones left his menswear artistic director post at Louis Vuitton. Jones' first collection for Dior Homme will be unveiled this June.
"After 11 years at Dior Homme, my mind and heart filled with experiences, I am leaving this beautiful house to pursue new challenges," said Van Assche. "I wish to thank Bernard Arnault for the trust he placed in me, Sidney Toledano and Serge Brunschwig for their warm welcome at Dior and their continuous support during all those years of collaboration."
Known for his astute tailoring and athletic references that pepper Dior Homme's lean, dark silhouettes, Van Assche took over the reins at the menswear division in 2007, staying true to the house codes that former artistic director Hedi Slimane had left behind. Van Assche's notable achievements at Dior Homme include roping in current creative heavyweights for seasonal campaigns (A$AP Rocky, Oliver Sims of The xx and '80s icon Boy George) and injecting streetwear nuances to the house's recent collections, most recently skateboards for Spring/Summer 2018. It's been reported that Van Assche will take up a "new assignment within the LVMH Group" — watch this space for updates.