Christian Dior announced on Monday the departure of the artistic director of the men’s collections, the Belgian Kris Van Assche, who had held this position for eleven years. He is replaced by the British designer Kim Jones, who previously worked at Louis Vuitton. Mr. Jones joins Italian Pietro Beccari, former marketing and communications director of Louis Vuitton, who has been named CEO of Christian Dior Couture to replace Sidney Toledano, who became CEO of LVMH Fashion Group.
After eleven years of good and loyal service, Kris Van Assche leaves the artistic direction of Dior Homme. This announcement is as surprising as his appointment, in April 2007, when he replaced Hedi Slimane. A graduate of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp, KVA had been the right arm of the latter at Saint Laurent (from 1998 to 2000), then Dior Homme. In 2004, he left the house of Avenue Montaigne to launch his own brand.
“I am leaving this beautiful House to pursue new challenges,” Van Assche said in a press statement. “I wish to thank Bernard Arnault for the trust he placed in me, Sidney Toledano and Serge Brunschwig for their warm welcome at Dior and their continuous support during all those years of collaboration.” We’re yet to find out where he will go next.