I don't care much for Dior Homme, but Kris Van Assche has won me over for the second season in a row with his fall 2008 women's ready-to-wear collection. It's not trendy, but it's got a definite, specific aesthetic that I just happen to love. It's absolutely not girly, but without being overtly masculine. It's modern, and not gimmicky. They're simply beautiful clothes. I'm gushing, and I don't care: I adore Kris Van Assche.
Above: As far as I'm concerned, this is one of the most chic things a woman can wear.
Above: Calvin Klein/Jil Sander, take note: incredibly simple can still be entirely beautiful.
Above: The perpetual play on the masculine/feminine is perfected.
Above: He did the maxi skirt last season, too, and I loved it last season, too.
Above: This is such a sexy blouse, but the look is so effortless.
Above: It's really easy to look cheap in silver lame, but this is anything but. The neck, the length, the subtle texture, and (of course) that khaki trench make it incredibly classic looking.
Above: The pants are a fresh shape, but I'm thrilled to death they're neither harem pants nor hammer pants. This is how to be fashion forward without being a fashion victim.
Style.com's Tim Blanks complained that the collection was lacking in levity, and it's true that there's certainly nothing whimsical about these pieces, but I'm not complaining. I would be more than thrilled to have nothing but these pieces hanging in my closet, and that's saying something.