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FLEMISH FRATERNITY?: Dior Homme designer Kris Van Assche made a quick trip to Manhattan for a bash to christen the brand’s SoHo pop-up store on Thursday evening, which drew Dior-clad James Van Der Beek, Anton Yelchin, Sebastian Stan, Kevin Jonas and Logan Marshall-Green, the latter of whom has a lead role in the upcoming summer blockbuster “Prometheus.” Van Assche shares a Belgian heritage with his new women’s counterpart at Dior, Raf Simons, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they share design commonalities. “I think it’s a bit of a cliché, no?” he noted of any potential patrimony, adding of the Simons appointment: “I think its great news. Let’s just wait and see how he decides to express himself.”
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Van Assche said he doesn’t yet know Simons personally. “We’ve never been in the same place at the same time so we never got close. But I hugely admire his work,” he noted.
The designer declined to shed any light on his own upcoming collections for Dior Homme or for his own label, but offered, “I’m in a happy mood, so that’s a thought.” Before showing those two lines this summer, he will travel on June 1 to open a new Dior Homme flagship in Shanghai.