Friday June 29, 2012 – Garage Turenne
It was ‘Tee-time’ over at Kris Van Assche’s spring showing, where he drew inspiration from the iconic short-sleeved sportswear shirt, integrating it into fine suits, button down shirts, and jackets. Known for his utilitarian aesthetics, KVA decoupled fuss from function and kept things simple resulting in wearable clothing that should please the consumer.
Playing with trompe l’œuil effects, Kris played with the Tee’s silhouette, teasing onlookers with short-sleeved cotton shirts and suit jackets that had a separate but integrated full sleeve extensions, appearing as a layering of the shirt and t-shirt. Another look had chopped off sleeves at the shoulders with layered pieces jutting from the sockets, revealing a sub-layered jersey cotton tee. Detachable sleeves with zippered sockets on cream and black sweaters easily address those moments when one overdresses too warmly for the weather.
Shorts evolve from above-the-knee, crisp, pleated poplin numbers to elongated, elastic banded, ‘made-for-boxing’ types, eventually becoming trouser versions of itself. Oversized contrasting argyle prints in beige and sky blue on shirts served as a pattern counterpoint to sporty red and blue micro-pattern squares on a series of shorts, parkas, and a suit. Grey flannel Eastpak backpacks with leather padding on corners along with denim vests and jeans by Lee bring out the sportswear spirit of the collection.
By keeping it simple and playing with the notion of the tee, Kris executed a pragmatic but tasteful collection that will garner attention from a wide spectrum of buyers.
KRISVANASSCHE Spring Summer 2013 Fashion Show Video
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Photos and video courtesy of KRISVANASSCHE
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