When Dries van Noten gives a woman flowers, you know they’re going to be perfect, no matter her favourite kind of arrangement—monotone or multicolored. Van Noten’s spring collection was both a visual treat and a commercial dream. He lined his runway with flower arrangements suspended in blocks of ice, created by artist Azuma Makoto, creating the effect of models walking through an ethereal flower market.
From there, the designer used florals so smartly—in all-over tonal prints, as small flourishes or merely pulling from their natural colors. A group of pollen colored separates walked out: louche turtlenecks, relaxed dress shirts and trousers, embellished boleros and silk bombers were mixed with black, white and navy to counterbalance.
There was casual and glamour all in one. Embellished and printed coats in relaxed silhouettes and ruffled and frilled blouses were thrown in with ultra easy shorts and cinch-waisted or pencil skirts. It was all versatile and can be worn together or separately in myriad ways, which is the essence of modern dressing
Just when the sweatshirt and bomber felt like they had overstayed their welcome at the fashion party, van Noten paired them with beaded, silky looks or completely revised them as oversized cotton dresses.
Van Noten is a design alchemist. He knows precisely how to put prints, color and texture together in ways that always feel new, even if they’re not. A sweatshirt and skirt combo or fancy blouse and shorts pairing are not exactly brand new concepts in this sports authority age. But at Dries, a top with a spray of moss green embroidery to match the moss green lace pencil skirt feels like the freshest arrangement yet.
From: Harper’s BAZAAR US