PARIS, Jun 27, 2008 / FW/ — With the theme “Love or death” for Spring 2009, Kris Van Assche reinvented the dress pants in silhouettes that have not been seen until now. Poetic, even philosophical at times, Van Assche’s vision is original as he tries to blend seamlessly the romance of the old world with the individualistic city style.
Constructing cargo pants and shorts with ribbon details streaming behind the models as they walked the runway, Van Assche also presented some slim cut pants, the more interesting were those that were balloon-like.
Putting it in terms of his theme of “love or death”, one could assume these pants resembled bed sheets turned dress slacks. Drawstrings were prevalent as the closure of pants as well as lacing up jacket sleeves. Following the trend of floral patterns on men’s shirts, Van Assche paired delicate floral details with vests and masculine cargo dress pants.
The creativity in his use of a watercolor pattern of blues, pinks, yellow, and white explored the excitement of love in the springtime. Lastly, creativity was very evident in his pants that were fully constructed; yet, one half of the waistline was purposefully sagging, creating a disheveled, romantic look.
Kris Van Assche’s presentation of the romanticism and fatality of love through menswear was beautiful in a fresh and modern way, keeping the fashion world a buzz with positivity. Kanye West, who sat front row seem to agree as he kept on smiling throughout the show.