Thursday, March 3, 2016

Dries Van Noten PFW fall 2016



In keeping with the theme of no trend Is a trend, I present case in point Dries Van Noten, who proves himself a fashion independent season after season. Being an on again off again fan of his oeuvre, each season my eyes delight with the visual treat that is all his. This is not to say that every season I like what I see but Dries is one of those designers who represents  the sum of his parts yet each part can be a fascination unto itself.
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This season Van Noten offers a feast of fashion. It is as visually stimulating as it is his own stance on what it takes to show for fall 2016. Think pearls, leopard, tiger, tailored, chic, androgyne, white pique shirts, prep school jackets, deliciously luxe, louche, decadent, somewhat YSL-ish, somewhat Helmut Newtonish, eccentric in a  good way, python, slick, urbane, Night Porterish and all Dries all the way when seen as a collection. Without going any further with Paris collections, it is apparent to me that this is one of the stand outs in an international season of me too collections and also of collections that try to pass of “circus clothes” for fashion.
 
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Take good look at what a designer does when he has a message and is actually immersed in their profession; the fabrications, the colorations, the at lack of a better word the sophistication that these clothes just ooze and then you can see what is possible when real designers design and don’t need to pretend or hide behind their blah blah blah. In the instance of fashion, the proof is it all is what we see on the runway for it is there that creativity is front and center and it is there that each designer conveys their message. Dries sent out a message loudly and clearly that he is on the top of his game in an arena that too often applauds the less talented.
 
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Please take note that even with Van Noten’s press release inspirations; this collection lives up to its hype as well as stands alone without an iota of explanation. There is no head shaking or WTF is this guy talking about or wtf is he thinking.
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MESSAGE RECEIVED LOUD AND CLEAR and btw… BRAVO!