Dior Homme And Larry Clark Explore The Heart Of Street Culture
Boys will be boys, especially when cool sneaks are involved.
At 73, Larry Clark has spent his entire career documenting the coming of age of American youth. His seminal work Kids (1995) laid bare New York skate culture, catapulting then-unknown brand Supreme to cult status, while also narrowly dodging pornographic charges. (Yes, gentlemen, thank you for your attention.)
Turning the camera back on himself seems to be Clark’s thing these days. When not starring in his own film—The Smell of Us (2014)—he doubled up as a poster boy for Dior Homme earlier this year. He then cast his seasoned gaze on skate culture for Dior Homme, resulting in an exclusive film christened A Larry Clark Project—Paris Session.
For Clark fans, it’s a fresh take on his cinematic style. In each film, the teenagers’ lives may appear bleak, yet their effervescence is strangely hypnotising. Their lanky figures cut stark lines across stony walls; their black skateboards frozen mid-air through a heel flip. What are they wearing? MA-1 jackets, double-tipped polo tees, skinny jeans, joggers. What about their shoes? Low-top white leather sneakers, high-top leather boots, and slip-on black leather sneakers daubed with white paint, all fresh off the Parisian runway.
Designed by Creative Director Kris Van Assche, these trainers represent nonchalance in the face of adulthood. Clark’s skater boys are now grown-up Dior Homme men. Their favourite, familiar sneakers are no longer torn and scruffy, but deftly crafted in luxurious materials: smooth calf leather, flocked velvet and sequins, spazzolato mirrored leather, with an airbrushed gradient finishing, and classic Prince of Wales check. The Dior Homme man excitedly puts his new sneakers on. Feeling a spring in his step, he sets foot on his dusty skateboard. He comes of age all over again.