Kris Van Assche looks to be in a light hearted mood for next season. His fall/winter 2014 collection moved away from his more sober urban style he is know for and into something a bit more fun loving and approachable. And it was all the better for it.
The collection, filled with easy tailoring, colorful graphic pixilated pints and a black and white chevron motif, had a lightness to it that was almost infectious. The way the designer used colorful knots in lieu of buttons on his short suit jackets, how he played with the stitched underpinnings of a duffle coat to create a contrasting graphic pattern against a chevron vest and his choice of colorful patches (think varsity letter) that brought to mind vintage arcade games all had a childlike joie de vivre about them.
One of the key pieces in the show was a lightly puffy vest. Van Assche started off placing them in their traditional spot- over shirt and under jacket. But by the end of the show they had taken over the jacket too. Creating a look that was one part protective vest and one part bib. It was an odd styling moment but it didn’t take away from this show’s overall successful sartorial propositions.