Today's POP is Stephanie. Finally.
Lee. Classic American Denim. A collection by Kris Van Assche.
A few words from Kris Van Assche.
What was your starting point for this project? What were your initial points of reference for Lee?
I consider collaborations to be fully part of my KRISVANASSCHE collection as a whole. I do not look at them as “side-projects”. They allow me to complete the silhouette with products I wasn’t able to do before because of technical limitations. I work on them together with all the rest; I use the same theme and colors.
LEE brought me the technical tools to do work-wear in an authentic way. Working with a jeans company like Lee offers you different technology, different materials and different tools, which is important. It is about doing the right thing with the right people. You can’t make real work-wear or even real jeans with a traditional clothing company, because it will look fake, not masculine at all. You need to have access to the right tools and techniques.
The garments feel like a combination of work-wear and classic Americana. What was your inspiration? How do you view the collection?
The overall theme for the Autumn – Winter 2012/13 collection was work-wear.
I use work-wear to balance out the formal. Menswear is often about suiting, and while I always look for the formality of it, it gets more interesting if you break it up. Work-wear is interesting to me because it’s so linked to the masculine world; I’m not so fond of ornamentation, I don’t like to embellish things. I like beauty to be quite technical, so I always start with real clothes as my reference. I also like the functionality of work-wear, the fact that every detail serves a purpose.
How did you view the brand prior to your collaboration – from a European perspective?
I view the brand as a real, no-nonsense male reference.
Do you see the garments as unisex or mainly masculine?
I see this work-wear theme as being mainly masculine.
How might you extend this collection?
For the winter season, which was the first season of this collaboration with LEE, I insisted on not using denim, which would have been the obvious thing to do. Instead we used a rough cotton, which is very much linked to the work-wear-theme of the season. In the Summer collection I just showed, I used real denim because the concept was about the ‘basic white T-shirt’ and all that comes natural with it.
I made real rough denim pleated pants, a sleeveless jacket, but even a denim tie and baseball cap. I like to push these projects in unexpected directions.
Photography Nina Walbecq
Fashion and Words Stephanie Waknine
Hair and Make-Up Jennifer Mika Avins
All clothing by LEE KRISVANASSCHE
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