Designer Kris Van Assche decided to take the sophisticated landlubbing Dior Homme on an artistic seaside getaway with his spring/summer 2015 collection.
Now going with a nautical theme is nothing new, particularly in menswear, but Van Assche gets points for coming up with a rather original interpretation of the used and abused style. He started out subtly, with toggle closers on classic navy pinstripe suiting and a bit of hard to read "letter in a bottle" writing scrawled, almost like a neck tattoo, along the collars of crisp white button up business shirts. Then came the introduction of Breton-esque bumble bee striped tank tops first worn like vest with the suits and then later, on their own, and paired with comfy denim jeans.
And then after a few more stripped tops and outerwear in classic sailor shades of red or yellow - like a burst of artistic inspiration - Van Assche went a bit wild.
Showing suits, jeans, and blazers covered in hand written musing of Mr. Christian Dior - printed or embroidered - from head to toe. The alternative to this already pretty daring departure for the designer was a colorful "two-year-old left alone in front of a white wall with a new box of 64 Crayola crayons," squiggly line motif.
It was featured on short sleeve shirts, denim jackets, and most captivating on cropped sweatshirts worn over shirts that peeked out from above and below. The whimsical pattern even made it onto the Dior leather accessories. No risk in mistaking those pieces for that of a colleague on the next business trip.
Just like with last season’s successful Lilly of the Valley show, Van Assche once again produced a surprisingly novel offering for the devoted Dior customer.