Anorak, I’d like you to meet Trenchcoat. Shirt, this is Windbreaker. In his quest to unite sport and chic, Kris Van Assche made those introductions and more, yielding new hybrid garments and a crisp, youthful collection.
Putting a luxury spin on the activewear trend seen all over the Paris runways, the Belgian designer employed fancy fabrics — including Swiss pique — and crocodile prints, scattering scales across the front of a white shirt or plastering them over a backpack. Less convincing were the large-scale polka dots.
The tailoring was trim, with jackets abbreviated and occasionally fastening with varsity-style snaps in lieu of buttons. In Van Assche’s hands, sport and chic make fine friends.