Monday, 22 September 2008
The Material Boy #164
Kris Van Assche Mens Accessories Fall Winter 2008/2009
Interesting is the word I have to described Kris Van Assche's line of men's accessories for fall winter 2008/2009. Somehow, amidst all that understated appearance of the shoes, belts and ties...there is something quietly mesmerising underneath...slowly captivating me:-)
Let's start with the shoes, the brown high cut boots which appears plain and nothing out of the oridinary...but the colour being just a brilliant shade of brown. The strategic placement of the zippers twirling around the top of the shoe is like the icing on the cake...it becomes not only functional but blends naturally as an extension of the design rather that an after-thought. I felt that was really clever.
As for the high cut sneakers, the diagonal placement of the velcro straps again forms a skeletal pattern which are both functional and yet adds design appeal to the shoe. Again, functionality build on good design.
Next comes the belt, braided belts are nothing to shout about. We see those around all the time. But if you examine the way the leather has been braided...that is when you appreicate this belt. The braiding is really special and intricate! I would love to own this belt in brown. Would go great when you want to pull off an elegant look. The odd shaped buckle also adds a surprise to the otherwise formal looking belt. From these designs, I wonder if Kris like things assymmetrical. Maybe this is his inspiration. Strange thought but it somehow works
Lastly, I also like the ties. The very 'gentlemen' checks tie in the most dashing grey. I love the way the check pattern blends to the background and not get contrasted too much. Very pleasing to the eye and definitely makes the wearer look suave and sophisticated.
In summary, I love all these pieces from Kris van Assche. I wonder why it never got much exposure. Maybe it is too understated to form an impression. Why can't he make things like that for Dior? Did he keep all his better ideas for his own brand instead of Dior?:-)
What do you guys think? Dior Homme or Kris Van Assche is better ?
1) White Sneakers: Euro $533 and available at www.luisaviaroma.com
2) Braided Belt: Euro $440 and available at www.thecorner.com
3) Plaid Tie: Euro $85 and available at www.thecorner.com