Top image: Still, ‘A Larry Clark Project / Paris Session’ (2016). Courtesy Dior
Dior Homme has tapped legendary director Larry Clark for a short film about French skaters.
The cult filmmaker took to the streets of Paris, capturing a mix of Dior Homme models and French skaters making their way around the city of lights in Dior Homme sneakers and clothes from the SS17 collection. Titled A Larry Clark Project / Paris Session, the short harks back to the central themes of many of Clark’s films, like Kids (1995), the cult film that documented inner-city skateboarding tribes at a time when east coast skate culture was largely uncharted.
Clark’s most recent film, The Smell of Us (2014), followed a group of teens skating their way around Paris, and is a clear reference point for his directorial debut for Dior Homme. In it, skaters turn tricks off the art deco ramparts of the Paris Museum of Modern Art, a popular spot for local boarders.
With an industrial soundtrack, rapid-fire cuts and an historic backdrop, the film is an ode to past and present; legacy and youth – the twin-powered formula from which Dior Homme creative director Kris Van Assche builds each collection.