In recent years, I have pared down the number of fashion week shows I check out, but Dries Van Noten is always on my list*. Once or twice a year I visit my local Dries boutique and I always come away empty handed, because a) too expensive for me, let’s be honest; b) his clothes are not for my life and c) I guess I’m still waiting for that magic moment when I find the perfect piece to take home with me.
But I don’t stop looking at his shows, because even if I don’t dress like that, I love his vision and his carefully considered mix of texture, print and colour. We’ve all complained about the pattern-mix trend but I never tire of how Dries Van Noten does it because his is not a grab for attention or a need to shock. It has specific reference points and evokes a particular mood and it always feels to me like he’s exploring an idea (last season’s chinoserie, this season’s grunge plaids). This is why I come back and look and his collections year after year, because he continues to have something new and relevant to say. And inexplicably, it feels consistent at the same time, distinct to him, very “Dries”.
I don’t feel the need to buy his stuff, or look for ways to interpret his ideas with my own clothes. For me, it feels good enough to admire his skill, feel inspired by how he has expressed his creativity, and love that his work elevates fashion beyond just clothing oneself without wandering into absurdist territory.
It feels great to start my weekend with something so inspiring. hope everyone has a great weekend as well.
* - Also on my list this season: Zero Maria Cornejo, The Row, Humberto Leon and Carol Lim for Kenzo, Valentino, Phoebe Philo for Celine, Hedi Slimane for YSL (or shall I say Saint Laurent Paris already?), Raf Simons for Dior, Alber Elbaz for Lanvin. Who’s been following the shows this season? What shows are you liking, or looking forward to?
Pictures from vogue.com