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The space is white. Immaculate. Rectilinear. It speaks of all the modernity of an era that we imagine to be in the very near future. A world of absolute purity. To further accentuate the effect, this scene is installed within the riding stables of the republican guard, a 19th century building in glass and metal that is hosting a fashion show for the very first time. The contrast is striking. It is to yet a third era that the first musical harmonies transport us: 1982, Anne Clarke and the New Wave revolution. The first models take the stage, their steps lively, carried along by the electronic rhythms. The suits are black, very black; the shirts white, very white, structured by a simple tie line. A very black tie line. The silhouette is more athletic, emphasised at the waist, sometimes even highlighted by a belt with a metal buckle over the jackets. In this chaotic futuristic world, created by the contrasting décor and further highlighted by the music, the man imagined by Kris Van Assche for Dior this season is an ideal image. Under the white light of the catwalk, he approaches with confidence, strict, ultra-clean, impeccable. Perfect.
Right down to his shoes whose sole and heel are covered by a shell of translucent plastic, as if to insulate his gait from the ground, as though nothing could ever happen to him. The two-fabric jackets appear moulded onto the body, neoprene and technical fabrics occasionally structuring the figure like a shell. They are zipped up to the neck. Everything is controlled. A man, rather like a superhero. But not the ones in films. Theatricality has given way to everyday life. Because the future imagined by the designer is optimistic. Men gather in fraternities. This season, that of Dior Homme bears its emblem proudly, like a cabalistic symbol: a triangle within a circle. It is found on jumpers and jackets. Black, white, grey or red. That same red, an extremely Dior colour if ever there were one, is found in tennis stripes on suits that toy with a graphic effect, alternating single and double lines. After strutting up and down the catwalk, the models climbed up to the walkways around the décor, as though embracing the room with their desire for modernity. The future is now.