Paris Fashion Week • Dries Van Noten

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

This is my first season shooting street style during Paris Ready-to-Wear, and to my great fortune I was invited to attend the Dries Van Noten show. Staged in what seemed like the grand ballroom of a breath taking historic building, the collection recounted a march in time: the show started with the sound of the heavy and solemn foot steps of the models as they made their way down the wood floors that served as the catwalk- there definitely seemed to be a reference to a military event of some kind. What unfolded next was a mix of the wonderful pieces that Mr. Van Noten is known for: stunning prints, beautifully embellished pieces, lovely trousers, and skirts in full and slim versions. And then, the designer knowingly, confidently and with the clarity of someone who is familiar with the pieces in their wardrobe, introduced current trends into the march. There were cropped leopard jackets and scarves, military inspired trousers- in wide leg and tapered, parachute-inspired versions, dresses and blazers in metallic fabrics, and tops that were reminiscent of sweatshirts. It was a beautiful collection that will translate well on the street.


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