Friday, January 17, 2014

BEAUTY: Clothing--Dries Van Noten

There is always a captivating density to a Dries Van Noten collection--a density of pattern, of color, of texture, of detail. And for his Fall-Winter '14-'15 collection at Paris Fashion Week, the density was all about layers of tie-dye and batik (a technique of dying fabric native to Southeast Asia), in dark jewel tones. Peeking out from under the the restrained psychedelic swirls of coats, jackets, and suits were poet shirts, with a single large pearl button high at the frilled collar. Another mash up of a native style with a traditional European idea, like we just saw with Van Beirendonck? Again, is it Colonialism or a blending of elements from the global village? Taking Van Noten's output as a whole (we will get a chance to do just that this March when his retrospective opens up at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris), one can see that he is dedicated to blending.

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