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Dries Van Noten’s Irresistable Allure…

February 27, 2014

FashionUncategorized | by Hannah Banks-Walker


 

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They say you can tell a lot about a fashion designer by the front row of their shows, so when Radiohead’s front man, Thom Yorke, showed up at Dries Van Noten’s Autumn collection this week, it seemed to be fairly fitting. As the first big-name show of Paris Fashion Week, Van Noten proved that he is very much a designer for ‘grown-ups’; all class and no gimmicks, he is always the talk of the town among the most renowned and respected names in the industry. The brand has come to be associated with sophistication and unquestionable quality, and Van Noten once again cemented this reputation with the latest A/W collection.

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‘Unexpected elegance’ was the theme of the show held at the Hotel de Ville, showcasing pieces which reflected the designer’s self-confessed obsession with “2D and 3D” pieces, featuring prints of poppies and lilies, some hand-painted and others woven throughout the fabric. It’s no surprise that Van Noten is also an amateur horticulturist, as flowers of all kinds really seemed to rule his collection.

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Blooms are nothing new for this designer, but his remarkable application of optic prints certainly was. Invoking the heady pyscedelic motifs of the 1970s and rave culture, Van Noten sent a strikingly alluring collection down his Paris catwalk. The neon flowers perched on shoulders were strangely captivating.

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Van Noten has quite a lot to look forward to this year, with this Saturday marking a milestone for the designer as he receives an honourable exhibition at the Musée Des Arts Décoratifs’ fashion branch of the Louvre. Entitled ‘Inspirations’, the display will feature 180 pieces of Van Noten’s clothing and the works that inspired them.

By Nina Bertok