larry clark captures the spirit of dior homme spring/summer 17

The iconic filmmaker and photographer brings his inimitable aesthetic to Kris Van Assche’s world with a new campaign video.

by Felix Petty
04 November 2016, 1:22pm

Kris Van Assche's spring/summer 17 collection was an homage to the 80s new wave and New Romantic style tribes. At the time, he describe it to i-D's Anders Christian Madsen as a collection that used "instruments from the past to do something contemporary… It's a new, punkish, young kind of way of looking to those elegant roots."

It turns out the Belgian was taking his references from a mood board plastered with images by Larry Clark. His photographic and cinematic works have drawn from the outsider attitude of youth on the margins of society, from the shocking, autobiographic photos of drug-taking in Tulsa, to the sex-crazed nihilist skaters of Kids and The Smell of Us

"Larry Clark is a major reference point," Van Assche explained to the New York Times. "I had pictures of him and his work all over my mood boards." Earlier this year, Dior Homme tapped the 73-year-old American photographer to model its fall/winter 16 collection. Now, Clark has turned his lens on the world of Dior Homme for the label's spring/summer 17 campaign — creating visuals, as well as a video, that's just been released.

The film follows a gang of skaters, models, and street-cast youth as they traverse the streets of Paris, from the Eiffel Tower to the Musée D'art Moderne, decked out in Van Assche's latest designs. "It felt like a full circle," Van Assche explained, of Clark's influence and work on the campaign. "Larry, from my inspiration walls, became the image-maker for the collection."

Watch the video here.


Text Felix Petty

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