For the first time in my fashion review I cannot decide which look to feature and which one to forgo, because out of the crazy numbers of images I screened through, I want to feature everything, from complete look to closed up details.
Nothing special, it is just another Dries Van Noten show that took my breath away.
So I have to find collages to show all the beautiful things from the show, otherwise I’ll risk having a really long scroll for this review.
This FW14 collection caught me by surprise. Yes, I know Van Noten is known for creating things in his own way without caring much on what the world wants to see. He always go dig deep from his heart and designs what he wants the world to feel. But this collection, is way too much fun for the Dries Van Noten brand.
First we have ‘candilicious’ mood on, with kaleidoscopic and twirling on corner of the jackets and the centre of the blouses. Patterns and prints are always big for Dries Van Noten, but those are more ethnic and abstract patterns, while this FW14 they are happy and joyful patterns, with no explanation needed. That brought me back to the earlier Karen Walker collections. Fun, and oh so joyful.
Then you have the colours – amazing amount of toning for fall winter. On skirts, on jackets, on blouses, and on shoes. They are not neon, but are far more interesting than it. Whether you look at them as individual piece or on the pairing scale, they look amazing. To me, the glitters are nicely done, either standalone or to be mixed up with a cooler tone to even it out. Both are equally stunning.
Plus, florals. Interesting add on are the sizeable flower accessories on the shoulders and as necklaces. Prints on the dresses and skirts too to echo the story, and 3D pieces to bring them to life.
Finally, you can never get enough of the beautiful quality cuts and materials from Dries Van Noten. I see mannish cut jackets pairing with mermaid skirts, and I see casual sweaters running with the zipper fitting pants. Everything works under the spell of Dries Van Noten. From the footwear to the fur, you can tell the great workmanship from the pictures. Wait till you set foot into its showroom, it always take me forever to get out from there.
As much as I love Dries Van Noten (for the longest time), I’m always very conscious about the strength one needs to have, in order to carry the DVN style the right way. Try not to copy the runway look head-to-toe. The styling for the runway is always amazing, but it may not work to pair it all up on the street. Instead, go for the great pieces and stack them with something very down-to-earth. This way it enhances the beauty of the master piece, and giving the respect it deserves.
Here are some of the closed-up shots on items that I like: