Wednesday, October 1, 2008
Dries Van Noten S/S 09' - Toned down & Fabulous!
If you are familiar with Dries Van Noten, you were probably expecting a bright, colorful, printed collection this season, right? Well, let me be the first to tell you that your expectations were wrong. Yesterday as he gave his inspiration thoughts to the press, Dries stated, “I thought what emotion a black stripe could give.” With that thought Dries decided to design a modernist collection of mostly black and white; while still keeping the "Driesness" by being very pleasing to the eye.
The result was spectacular in a very quiet and mute way. We saw boxes, grids and graphs replace the bright florals that we have become accustomed to. Also, he gave us a show where literally the clothes are all wearable by the consumer and do not have the need to be broken down. You can sort of buy directly from the runway. Genius.
Let's talk about sportswear, I usually find sportswear totally out of my element as far as style. I prefer a bit more chic, polished and sophisticated. However, in a very smart way, Van Noten made his sportswear quite chic. He started the show with a patterned shirt, a black sweater and white pants. From start to finish the looks pretty much remained quite simple. We did see a few pairings of interesting prints and a splash of color towards the middle of the show but again, things remained quite simple. However there was 1 dress that had 50 shades of blue. I didn't even know there were 50 shades of blue, but nonetheless, it was beautiful.
In conclusion, the show was still strong, without being overbearing. I really enjoyed it.