With a 32-piece string section lined up in the middle of the dark runway, playing a symphonic version of an electronic track by French artist Koudlam, Kris Van Assche opened the show on the most polished and formal note and worked down to sportier and more colourful ensembles.

Tuxedos, dinner suits and tailcoats were the first few pieces Van Assche sent out – setting the polished tone for the latest Dior Homme offerings. Slowly but surely, models then started to appear grungier and more avant-garde as they sported black baseball caps with floral badges, trainers and a nonchalant attitude (in addition to their bow ties).

The tailored collection was infused with vintage-looking leather, denim and bold colours (neon yellow and bright blue) as Van Assche gave a raw and modern edge to the luxurious lineup.

Using materials like cashmere and mesh, each piece could be separately dressed up or down, "It's sartorial, but in a sporty, contemporary way. These are young guys. They know about elegance, but they do it their way." Van Assche noted backstage. 

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