AW12 at Dior Homme, Kris Van Aasche introduces us to his new model peace warriors.
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As the shows approach their close, it seems fair to say that AW12 has been a season where designers have stripped back and reminded the world of their core values. Although perhaps owing to the financial crisis, the effects are wholly positive and with Kris Van Aasche’s collection for Dior Homme this nod to elegant simplicity returned again. With the show entitled “A Soldier on my Own” Van Aasche presented a collection predominantly in army issue olive green. With military precision, the marching models would appear from one of the five doors at the top of the runway, the entrances themselves a nod to Dior’s first ever boutique on Paris’s Avenue Montaigne and in further reference to the house’s heritage, the silhouette exuded simplicity. The palette was consistent in tones of green, sand and black and there were enough baseball caps for France to field a fiendish army of well-clad baseball players. Of particular note, an ankle length black cape, embroidered with interlocking birds and a series of winged coats each with a zip stretching the full length of the back of the garment. Backstage Kris was busy being inundated with praise but he did have time to issue one instruction to i-D, “birds, peace… it’s a peaceful army.”
Text: Sean Baker
Photography: Mitchell Sams