Kris Van Assche steered his usual path presenting a collection saturated in hues of grey, white and black. Slim tailoring, cropped trousers and narrow jackets were worn with oversized polo shirts tucked underneath, while trousers, trenches and suits were realised in soft jersey.
Boys at Santa Monica beach riding their BMX bikes inspired the collection. Van Assche’s new devotion to sportswear, mixed in with the designer’s signature tailoring, created a collection that mixed the smart with the casual, producing a palatable wardrobe that moved away from Assche’s usual languorous approach to menswear.
The new laid-back approach, even though more structured than normal, actually gave the collection a fresher and more relaxed attitude. This new calm reality is intrinsically subtle and wearable for Van Assche, however it did feel we had seen it elsewhere before.