The fashion industry has seen a lot of shifting around in the last handful of months, from Phoebe Philo leaving Céline to Riccardo Tisci’s new post at Burberry. Now, two big fashion names have found their new homes. It was announced that Kris Van Assche will step down as artistic director of Dior Homme. His replacement will be Kim Jones, former Louis Vuitton men’s artistic director.
Both Van Assche and Jones are known for shaking up menswear with strong streetwear influences and outside references to travel, music, and more. Van Assche started out under Hedi Slimane at Yves Saint Laurent’s menswear, and when Slimane launched Dior Homme in 2004, Van Assche came with him. It was in 2007 when Van Assche assumed Slimane’s position at the label.
Kim Jones starts his new position on April 1st, and his first collection will be Spring/Summer 2019 in June. “I am deeply honored to join the house of Dior, a symbol of the ultimate elegance,” said Jones. “I am committed to creating a modern and innovative male silhouette built upon the unique legacy of the house.” The extreme popularity of his Louis Vuitton x Supreme collaboration demonstrated that he’s proficient at combining old-school luxury with streetwear kid savvy.
Van Assche was also known for culling from pop culture to stray from the norm, whether it’s his Fall 2017 rave prints or having stars like A$AP Rocky and Larry Clark as models. According to WWD, it’s expected that he will take up a new assignment with LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton.