Following runway presentations in Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou in 2015, Dior Homme staged it’s fourth international runway show in Hong Kong at Shaw Studios on Friday 22 April, 2016. Creative Director Kris Van Assche was in Hong Kong and presented his show centred around the theme of “The Art of Falling Apart.”
The fashion show had elite members of Hong Kong clambering for invites, with many piling on to specially marked mini buses from Causeway Bay and Central to make the trek out to Shaw Studios.
Following the fashion show, the backdrop was lifted to reveal the afterparty setup behind the stage, with French electro group Club Cheval taking to the DJ booth to ensure guests were dancing well into the early hours of Saturday morning – although the bar did run out of champagne (quelle horreur!). While the huge warehouse space replicated the feel of the fashion show with massive LED screens, metal beams and on-theme red lights for the Winter 2016 show, the piece de resistance were the 100’s and 1000’s of transparent balloons decorating the space, branded with simple Dior lettering.
Starting from the tartan invitations a reoccurring black, white and red colour scheme complemented the male models who walked down the runway with an modernised 80’s twist. Monochrome printed suits were perfectly matched with sweaters. The 80’s new wave and skater vibe was hanging in the air, leaving behind some of the house’s skinnier cuts and replacing them with wide trousers.
“The collection is about taking elements of the past, but bringing them into the present and reflecting on where we are now, in the situation of today,” explained Kris Van Assche. “It’s a moment in time for a contemporary generation.”