Saturday, June 23, 2018

BEAUTY: Clothing--Dries Van Noten

Dries Van Noten loves patterns, the more intricate the better. And for his Spring Summer '19 collection at Paris Fashion Week, he looked to one of the masters of 1960s/70s patterns, Verner Panton (1926 - 1998).

For those who may not be familiar, Panton was a Danish furniture and interior designer who created some extraordinary work in his lifetime. Many of his furniture pieces are iconic and still in production such as the molded plastic Panton Chair.

His interiors were curved, organically inspired, and biophilic even before that concept was fully formed...and highly futuristic. Think "2001: A Space Odyssey."

"I wanted a collection which was really fresh, and about color. So we looked to [the Verner Panton] estate, and asked for permission to use the prints digitally, rescale them and blow them up," Van Noten said. Each garment with a direct use of Panton’s work will be co-labelled. But why Panton to begin with? "Because sitting in those interiors, you got a different vibe and look to the world."

Fresh? Check. Colorful? Check. Different look to the world? Check. This collection certainly references a time when a sense of optimism about the future reigned...when we would be driving flying cars, living in domes on our moon, exploring Mars, and generally having a groovy time...not worrying about whether we are all going to kill each other over skin color or religion or just because someone can buy an automatic weapon...

Oh, I'm just gonna go watch some old episodes of "Space: 1999"...

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