Dries Van Noten SS’12
by Adam the Editor
Paris Fashion Week is the last and, in my opinion, best fashion week out of the set. I think some of the greatest designers and brands show in Paris and the venues used are always grand and opulent and very fashion.
Dries Van Noten always turns out wearable but fashion-concious pieces. For SS’12, digital and clashing prints featured heavily throughout the collection starting with a tropical, rainforest paradise print that progressed into a cityscape at night. Pieces were both flattering and attention grabbing with a range of dress silhouettes as well as jackets, skirts, trousers and easy-to-wear tops and blouses.
The prints were the main draw for me. As readers will know I adore Givenchy AW’11 for the Rottweiler prints as well as the continual print heavy collections of both Mary Katrantzou and Holly Fulton. I think the brighter the better. Dries Van Noten definitely lived up to this want of mine.
The colour palette was suitably summer with acid brights paired comprehensively with monochrome shades as well as paler accents. Embroidered elements also featured; I especially liked the dark navy blazer with appliqued shoulder detail.
Far-east Asian influences were reflected throughout the collection in both print and design detail. The nature of the belting was Japanese-esque whilst the tropical prints had a Thai vibe. I liked how this progressed to a Westernised finish with a Las Vegas cityscape print.
Overall a strong, wearable and desirable collection from the established Belgian designer.