Friday, June 23, 2017

Dries Van Noten men's spring 2018



I am merely an on again off again fan of Dries but what has always spiked my interest is that this is a designer’s designer. He is not about jumping on a trend or a moment in fashion; the man stays true to himself and to his vision. Though not crazy about his casting, there is a treasure trove of wearable salable and fashion worthy clothes and if you are a devout and deeply loyal follower, you will be in hog heaven
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Two things that remain in my mind when I see Dries’ collections and they are that he is a tailor at heart and most of all he is a fabric guy! The textures, the patterning, the colorations and the mix of the collection is almost cultish in appeal . The palette has this earthy, desert, autumnal and camouflage vibe which normally would visually offend me but not here. The palette and many roomier silhouettes bring to mind a sort of 50s vibe … a sort of Beaver and Wally Cleaver and maybe a Ricky and David Nelson which would also normally turn me off.
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The collection needs to be dissected as it is amazing in the amount of beautifully rendered jackets, coats, pants, shorts and blousons that there are within this cavalcade of fashion according to DVN! Me, I’m loving that cardigan blazer, the self-belted khaki pants, the square toed trainer and in general the array of patterns, colorations and combinations. For me it is about the components of the whole “picture” rather than the look in its entirety. I read one review and the most they could muster up is all the trends that Dries hit in the collection but alas as usual they miss the true beauty of this collection and many more by never having any context and never seeing beyond what’s right in front of them; after all if they did that it would intimate that they actually know something of fashion’s history and something about the actual designer.
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