Last season, Dries Van Noten was honored by FIT, and I was able to hear him speak both at a luncheon given in his honor and at FIT, where he spoke to an auditorium full of students. The Belgium designer is insightful, soft spoken, and clearly passionate about what he does. No one can work a print like Dries Van Noten, and I usually like his work best when it’s on the brighter side of his color palette. This season however Van Noten went dark and military inspired, but there was no shortage of dazzling, utterly wearable looks.
The collection was awash with painterly patterns, pops of animal print, and beautifully cinched monochromatic blazers, vests, and separates. The military theme translated into sprinkles of khaki, trench coats, waist-belted silhouettes, prominent pockets, and separates with rows of buttons. 60′s silhouettes also made appearances, notably in long pleated, waist-cinched skirts.
The styling of the show was impeccable, even simple looks like ¾ length black trousers, paired with a semi-fitted black sweater and an animal print scarf were made to look impossibly chic when shown with effortlessly styled hair and bare-looking makeup. A slew of models also walked out with beautiful clutches and handbags done in a variety of colors, patterns, and shapes…could Dries be close to designing an "it" bag?
In any case, it’s hard to deny the wonderful ease with which Dries Van Noten pieces together his looks. This season, on top of showing the beautiful prints we’ve come to expect, he proved that he can design covetable, equally wearable monochromatic separates.
Images courtesy of the Fashion Spot forums.