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An American in Paris XVIe

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How not to be consumed by the dark poetry of the latest filmic collaboration — PARIS XVIe — between Dior Homme creative director Kris Van Assche and photographer Willy Vanderperre? This time round the actor Boyd Holbrook channels that seminal idea of the American in Paris. Somewhat romantic, reminiscent of a young Hemingway — by way of Jimmy Dean — in that city in its heyday of politics and philosophy, but with a more artistic twist. Holbrook weaves through the streets starting from the 16th arrondissement stopping to pick flowers that transform to memories when preserved … before dancing in his apartment, subtle tribute to Gene Kelly and the emotional high of American films of that era. Says Vanderperre: “We wanted somebody that we could explore the filmic idea with further, and it was Kris that suggested Boyd.” The Dior man, here then, is both elegant and contemporary, and always effortless.