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Kris Van Assche

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HANDY MAN

Paris:  Kris Van Assche turned up the chic quotient while making men who work with their hands and their required workwear his main inspiration. A black, white and grey palette worked for tone-on-tone styling that was the basis for new takes on summer items and proportions. With models’ hands blackened with dirt, grime and grease, the designer made reinforced cotton pants and lustrous linen blazers look sophisticated and desirable. Sheer shirts and knits were a delicate counterbalance to rugged styles like work boots and laundered leather jackets. A cut-and-sew jersey blazer (a key item this season) was worn over a slouchy scoop-neck tee, the perfect alternative to crisp summer suiting. Finally, the paint splatter that exploded onto knits, shirts and pants introduced an artisanal texture print, giving visual dimension to an otherwise solid-colored collection.

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