“These young guys who used to be mega into sportswear,” he said backstage after the show, “they have the great eye for detail.
My Notes from the Runway during Paris Men’s Collection for Kris van Assche S/S14 is that the designer is playing it safe. The collection has its eye on the prize and is more interested in Red Carpet opportunities. As we all know Red Carpet photo opportunities are big business and now men are throwing their hats in the ring. For many seasons, Kris Van Assche has been the poster boy for sport-meets-suit. Don’t get it twisted the Belgian designer started the trend before you saw it on other runways. This time staying true to yourself and your designs paid off for the designer.
You might wonder how you turn sportswear basics into concrete catwalk chic? According to Kris Van Assche it’s all about the finer details of sportswear the snap buttons, the functional pockets and the simplicity of elastic.The designer called the collection Cognac Sport—cognac for the color of men’s traditional leather goods. The Kris Van Assche anorak came in piqué cotton like an evening shirt; other versions, with zip pockets on the front, the sort bike messenger’s use, came in suiting fabric, worn with tailored shorts.
I loved the use of materials like crocodile used to embellish everything from t-shirts to accessories to the polka dots shirts, pants, and jackets. He kept true to his luxury jetsetter celebrity clientele, with more Croc-knit sweaters very sporty luxe; complete with croc-embossed backpacks and gym bags very manly accessories.
Kris Van Assche’s first Paris boutique opens on Rue Saint-Roch this week.
Photographer Rudy Concept