March 1, 2012

Oriental Dreams In the Dries Van Noten Show at Paris Fashion Week

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For the Fall/Winter 2012-2013 Dries Van Noten collection, inspiration was drawn straight from the archives of the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, especially that regarding Oriental traditions and iconography, from far-away lands such as China, Japan of Korea.

Kimonos and robes were photographed and then the print was digitally transferred on fabrics like silk and crêpe. Later on, these were transformed into elegant outfits – coats and jackets, but also ultra-feminine skirts and dresses and even menswear inspired looks, with wide-leg trousers cut with immense precision.

This season, the designer has chosen to illustrate the contrast between the Oriental world and the Western one, and what better way to do it than through merging fragile, feminine silhouettes with a series of tough, military-inspired looks?!

Gold prints inspired by fauna- real or imaginary, such as the stork motif on a belted blazer or the dragon print on the chest and sleeve of a jacket with a masculine edge, served to soften the silhouette of the somber outfits, while a series of Oriental prints on dresses and skirts were alternated with rigid lines, for the sake of balance.

To better illustrate the clash between masculine sobriety and feminine fragility, there was also a play upon volume, punctuated by a couple of oversized alpaca fur jackets.

Dries Van Noten is taking us on a journey towards faraway lands, urging us to dream, but not forgetting to keep one foot anchored to the ground, ideally wrapped in diaphanous waves of fine silk.

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