Here's the latest in a slew of shake-ups within the fashion industry: Kris Van Assche has stepped down as Artistic Director of Dior Homme after 11 years at the brand. His successor has already been named, and it's none other than the former Louis Vuitton's men's artistic director, Kim Jones.
In a statement, Van Assche said, "After 11 years at Dior Homme, my mind and heart filled with experiences, I am leaving this beautiful house to pursue new challenges."
The Belgian designer has also taken to Instagram to express his gratitude, with a caption saying, "AFTER 11 YEARS @DIORHOMME, TIME HAS COME FOR ME TO MOVE ON TO NEW ADVENTURES. I THANK MY WONDERFUL TEAM WITH ALL MY HEART."
Previously at Yves Saint Laurent under Hedi Slimane, Van Assche joined Dior Homme in 2007, where he shaped the Maison's menswear collections with New Wave and 90's skate influences. It was there that he forged his signature urban, minimal aesthetic, which is not a far cry from what his successor, Kim Jones, has to offer.
Set to present his first collection for Dior Homme during Paris Men's Fashion Week in June, Jones is credited for introducing streetwear to Louis Vuitton. A bold mix of punk style and high fashion, Jones's innovative menswear designs elevated the historic brand to a newfound cool status. This was only cemented at the Louis Vuitton Autumn/Winter 2017 show, where Jones unveiled his highly raved-about collaboration with streetwear giant and Hypebeast favourite, Supreme.
Commenting on his new appointment, Jones said, "I am deeply honoured to join the house of Dior, a symbol of the ultimate elegance. I am committed to create a modern and innovative male silhouette built upon the unique legacy of the house.”