Rami Malek and Boy George Talk Trump Inauguration, Women's Marches at Dior Menswear Show

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Boy George and Rami Malek in attendance at the Dior Homme menswear show

"It's women that have united this major movement for us, but it's essentially on behalf of everyone," Malek told THR.

If there’s a question of how fashion will fare during the presidency of Donald Trump, designer Kris Van Assche answered with a thoroughly tough, punk-infused collection titled "HARDIOR" that was presented at the 2017 Dior menswear show.

With the lines of Depeche Mode’s “Policy of Truth” on repeat throughout the runway show — “It’s too late to change events, it’s time to face the consequence” — Van Assche sent a strong signal that fashion will give protection against the elements, with unfinished seams, sleek sneakers and combat boots, cocooning capes and looser, more undone suiting than what was seen in past collections.

The restricting skinny suit is a thing of the past, as a utilitarian edge seeps into the house. Van Assche's exterior armors included baggy trousers, double-breasted blazers and mirrored shades. Anchored in black, the collection had pops of bright orange and teal.

After the show, Boy George summed up the mood of the collection, saying fashion will “become more interesting. We’re bringing out the big guns.”

George, Rami Malek and A$AP Rocky, the newest faces of the brand in ads launched last week, chatted and shook hands with fans in the front row as Bono sat behind at least half a dozen bodyguards with longtime collaborator-director Anton Corbijn. Paris Jackson, a newbie on the fashion front row, chatted with Carine Roitfeld and curtsied when the famed editor introduced her to Karl Lagerfeld.

While fashion was still the focus under the pulsing lights and pennant flags on the ceiling of the Grand Palais, the 200,000-strong international Women’s March taking place across town was on everyone’s mind.

Mr. Robot star Malek said he had sent messages of encouragement to friends and co-stars who were walking in various marches around the globe.

“Obviously people keep calling it the Women’s March, and it’s women that have united this major movement for us, but it’s essentially on behalf of everyone,” he said. “We have to [put] things into our own hands. [Presidents] Kennedy and Obama both urged us to do that and to make it our mission, and I think, for so long, we relied on men like that and thought that they could handle things for us, and our current situation has given people the ability to say no, the change has to come from within.”

“I’m actually proud to be in a time period like this, in an odd way. I think everyone is shitting on where we are at, and for good reason, but I think people feel emboldened and powerful right now,” he said, adding that he planned to head toward the Eiffel Tower after the show to see the march.

Boy George defended Melania Trump from criticism surrounding her former modeling career that often included racy nude shots. "I was criticizing people this morning for attacking Melania and saying horrible things. You know what? As somebody who has a past, I think it’s really wrong and mean-spirited of women to be so abusive," he said. "She looked amazing yesterday."

But he added a note of disappointment in Trump's inauguration speech for his failure to mention LGBT people.

“A leader is supposed to be compassionate and inclusive; that’s a real leader,” he said. “Being strong isn’t necessarily the answer. It takes strength to be compassionate and to think about people you maybe don’t understand.”

He continued, “So when you say things like ‘all Americans,’ it means all Americans and everyone around the world. Nationalism terrifies me, and it should, if you are a gay man.”