Belgian fashion designer Dries van Noten knows how to surprise his loyal audience, and all his fans know that too well. Van Noten is a huge fan of the eccentric: he has been known to combine the seemingly uncombinable, be they prints on outfits or just the textures of fabrics. The style of the brand is characterized by the use of prints, often ethnic, original colors and fabrics, and clothing articles composed of several layers. Dries Van Noten pieces are also rather wearable, as the designer does not like the idea of showing clothes that buyers will not be able to find in stores later. Exactly this way was the newest Dries Van Noten spring/summer 2015 collection just launched in the framework of Paris Fashion Week spring 2015!
The Dries Van Noten spring/summer 2015 collection, as expected, did not lack in colors and all kinds of textures and fabrics. The “catwalk” also was designed in an interesting way. Covering it in grass of different color shades, the designers created an illusion of a small trail in an indie forest and the special lightening techniques made everything even more effective. In a word, the designers managed to create quite a poetic atmosphere even before the models started walking down the artificial trail.
One of the first things we noticed about the new Dries Van Noten collection was that the designer had used lots of stripes and colors. With the first models strolling down the catwalk, the whole dreamy atmosphere of the show became even more real. Van Noten presented loose satin pants in colorful stripes combined with patterned button down shirts and topped with long coat-like jackets, long colorful shirts of sheer material topped with thick vests, long shimmery vests with buttons, loose dresses adorned with floral patterns and worn over wide leg trousers in ethnic prints, collared shirts with belts and so on. Van Noten had also used layering techniques to design spaghetti strap colorful maxi dresses, flowy skirts with matching tops with no shoulders and so on. Depicting colorful patterns on all-black backdrops proved to be a rather brilliant technique for designing short-sleeved loose oversized blouses, which the designer had paired with colorful chiffon skirts.
Bright yellow satin fabric of which we saw loose fitting pants and knee length dresses had some metallic feel about them and added a touch of shimmer to the whole collection. Van Noten had also used shimmery fringes to design skirts and what appeared to be long vests worn over satin long sleeve blouses and striped pants, blue and green dresses and tops and so on.
The Dries Van Noten spring/summer 2015 collection was one of those eccentric collections that will have people talking about them for a long time after the end of the show. It was a collection, which the fans of the eccentric and the crazy and the colorful will love to bits. Too many colors can be overwhelming, but not when a fashion connoisseur like Dries Van Noten is behind them. Combining the most various colors together in the right way is art, which Van Noten has mastered long time ago.
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