KIM JONES TO HEAD DIOR HOMME
WINDS OF CHANGE
Kim Jones is the new Artistic Director of Dior Homme, succeeding Kris Van Assche, who held the plum post for 11 years. Jones, who is responsible for ready-to-wear and accessories, starts on April 1 and will show his first collection in June.
According to WWD, Van Assche is expected to take up a new assignment within LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton. Earlier this year, Pietro Beccari was appointed chairman and chief executive officer at Christian Dior Couture, after a successful period at Fendi and at Louis Vuitton, where his path crossed with Jones’. Maria Grazia Chiuri is the Artistic Director of women’s haute couture, ready-to-wear and accessory collections.
Jones, whose ability to blend streetwear and luxe has earned him top points in the industry, and plenty of hype, will bring a gust of legacy-meets-currency novelty at Dior Homme. Under Van Assche, the Dior Homme aesthetic continued to be defined by the slim and sleek silhouettes pioneered by his successor Hedi Slimane.