Black carpet

Kris Van Assche reinterprets eveningwear for Dior Homme
By Alex James Taylor | Fashion | 1 December 2016

Dior Homme have announced a new capsule collection titled Black Carpet.

Designed by Kris Van Assche for Spring 2017, the collection deconstructs eveningwear codes and reinterprets those formal nuances in tune with the house’s progressive and youthful DNA. It’s a skill that comes naturally to the Dior Homme creative designer, you only have to think back to those new wave cuts from his Fun Fair SS17 collection for evidence.

This new capsule builds on that SS17 attitude within a formal setting by quite literally taking the knife to eveningwear, as tuxedos come rendered in classic hound’s tooth or Prince of Wales check, yet slashed, either down smoking jacket lapels or trouser seams to reveal black and white scribble embroidery that glimmers beneath.


Raw details provide a rebellious edge, from ultra-creased white cotton shirting to the use of selvedge fabrics cut with rough edges that contrast against satin lapels to create a look that – although meticulously designed – suggests a more lax attitude.

“The idea of the Black Carpet was to convey the energy and rebel attitude of the runway collection on a capsule collection of eveningwear while playing with the embellishment codes and the know-how of Dior,” Van Assche said about the collection. “Reworking the evening suit by pushing it in more extreme interpretations.”

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