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Christian Dior has announced that its longtime menswear designer Kris Van Assche is set to leave the Parisian fashion house.
Van Assche, a 41-year-old Belgian whose minimalist urban aesthetic has garnered praise during his 11-year tenure at Dior, is one of Paris fashion’s most recognizable faces. Van Assche said Monday he was leaving with his “mind and heart filled with experiences” to “pursue new challenges.” His work was worn by Robert Pattinson, ASAP Rocky and Rami Malek, who also starred in campaigns for the brand.
After Van Assche shuttered his smaller eponymous label in 2015 amid challenging market conditions, Dior was his main occupation. He showed his last collection, the fall 2018 offering, at a presentation at Paris Fashion Week in January.
Dior parent company LVMH Group said Monday that Van Assche would remain in the group and his future role will be announced later.
Shortly following the announcement of Van Assche’s departure, Dior named former Louis Vuitton menswear designer Kim Jones as his replacement as creative director of Dior Homme. The move is not, from a business perspective, a huge leap for Jones, as Dior is also under the LVMH umbrella.
Jones, 44, left Louis Vuitton in January; he was widely praised throughout the industry for his urban, streetwear-forward take on the luxury brand, with one of his most notable collections being the highly coveted Supreme x Louis Vuitton collaboration.
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