Thursday, January 17, 2013

BEAUTY: Clothing--Dries van Noten

Belgian designer Dries Van Noten has a mind that is fascinated by the details. He feels like a kindred spirit to me because he has said he can be inspired by looking at nearly anything. His '13-'14 Fall-Winter collection at Paris Fashion Week showed a fascination with the purity of paisley and a kind of authentic ethnic print. He applied it to coats, jackets, pants, and shirts directly, without any kind of post-modern tweaking or interpretation. The result feels rich, genuine, and grounded in a certain earthiness connected with the cultures from which these patterns came. Which makes the contrast of the studded jeans--denim actually painted to look like leather--all the more striking (I always tell my interior design clients that "Contrast brings interest"). I like the mustard pair with the plaid mohair coat. And an accessory I particularly love is the knit scarf embroidered with metallic thread and stones.
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