Dries Van Noten Ready To Wear Fall Winter 2011 Paris
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Dries Van Noten Ready To Wear Fall Winter 2011 Paris

A triumph. At todays Dries Van Noten show the audience witnessed a collection that was really quite moving. The language of DVN is relaxed, adult sophistication with tailoring; the style with which this was married to elements that are pop ie. clashing prints, psychedelic patterns and zany bobby socks meant that the essence of his ‘thing’ was elevated into something sublime.

Dries Van Noten also scored incredibly high in terms of choosing a venue and music that complemented his vision: the grand opulence of the Paris City Hall where huge, classic statues so beloved by DVN lined the halls plus a specially made mix of Heroes by Bowie, another of DVN’s passions.

Right from the very first look this collection was a delicious feast for the eyes and mind – yes it’s possible for women to reclaim the fun of clashing prints from their twenties and retain calm elegance – it’s not many collections that are so well executed that you put down your mobile or camera to simply look.

Ankle booties and patterned socks were matched with multiple graphic prints (Bonsai, pop, Ikat and feather motifs) on silk dresses, wool mix skirts and heavy knit jumpers.  Brocades, Jacquard and tweed were placed, collage style, with fur collars, satin and silk shirts and plexi-glass heels. A marble print dress would have a psychedelic cubic print rising up the arm, a thick black fur collar, razzy socks and burnt orange boots. Block blue and orange coats met more marble skirts and shaggy sheep skin boots.

Trousers were wide but not flared. Sleeves ballooned and tapered at an angle on the wrist. Large pockets on hips were placed on floor length dresses at the finale. Bravo. 

Soundtrack: Bowie gave permission for 2 Many Djs to remix orginal recordings of Heroes.