Is there anything more ethereal than a flower? Belgian designer Dries Van Noten decided it was about time to prove that nothing is more ethereally sensorial than a flower, and explained his position at Paris Fashion Week, for which he designed the Dries Van Noten spring/summer 2017 collection packed with strong fashion and ultra-polished lines.
Given the fact that our world’s flora is mesmerizingly variegated, and that each flower exudes specific vibes and scents, for his Dries Van Noten spring 2017 ready-to-wear collection the Antwerp-born designer focused on flowers that specifically looked “exotic and erotic”, treating us to a line-up that sensually transferred us to an exotic parallel world.
The small glass cases filled with colorful flowers (which were artist Azuma Makoto’s iced flower works), along with the location’s soft lights, surely helped Van Noten enhance and amplify his “exotic erotic” motif, as the models who strutted down the catwalk were surrounded by an almost hypnotic mysterious atmosphere.
Often dubbed the magician of mix-and-matching, this time around Dries Van Noted revisited this signature pattern with a subtle monochrome sense, with high and low total black patterns looking almost imperceptible from one another. The great majority of the Dries Van Noten spring/summer 2017 outfits were, in fact, made of beaded, oversized shirts, mannish-inspired suits, and even boho-chic dresses that almost looked Nineties-inspired due to the total-black patterns utilized.
Interestingly, the rest of the collection, although not black, was equally dark-toned. Most of Van Noten’s floral embroideries and patterns featured pastels colors, such as light blue, green and orange, the vitality of which, however, disappeared in the middle of the collection’s black hole.
As a result, even the most street style-ready pieces looked absolutely refined and elegant, with a cutting edge we yet had to see on the first days of this exciting Paris Fashion Week.
Monochrome dark greens, small touches of velvet materials in light blue, and, of course, bright white garments interrupted the overall collection’s seriousness with balancing pops of vitality, without diminishing their sensual allure.
Oriental-inspired relaxed lines, along with strong hints of Japanese contemporary and conceptual fashion, softened most of the pieces with an haute couture allure that also showed Van Note’s gentle side of tailoring, while ‘simple’ waistcoats, patent coats with oriental floral embellishments, denim maxi skirts and bombers and striped dresses treated us to something that could easily transition from day to night.
Probably not suitable for everyone, this latest Dries Van Noten spring/summer 2017 collection proves sensuality can be shown even through the most conceptual, revisited staple, and this is no small feat for sure.
Photos courtesy of Vogue