Dries Van Noten Cerebral ethno-chic
Dries Van Noten is the third-generation heir of a tailor family. The fertile designer has invented a uniquely refined esthetic, open to every gender. The Antwerp Royal Academy graduate is part of the Antwerp Six – with Ann Demeulemeester, Walter Van Beirendonck, Marina Yee, Dirk Bikkembergs, Dirk Van Saene – who revolutionized fashion in the 80s.
Van Noten is known for his brilliant ability to mix everything and anything: colorful, unexpected, ethnic prints; fabrics like silk, velvet and wool. The Belgian designer imagines slender and supple silhouettes that exude a certain dandy poise. The consistency he puts in his work and his composed oddity have given him access to the most renowned red carpets (Cate Blanchett at the 2008 Academy Awards, Solange Knowles at the 2011 Met Gala) and opened the doors of Royal Palaces, with notably Queen Matilde of Belgium.
Think London Scholar in the jungle, and military officers in wax prints. Dries Van Noten's inspiration for his Fall/Winter 2016 women and menswear collections unleash, for her, stripes and tartans against animal prints and faux fur, flowing pants, bathrobe-coats, shirts and ties. Think Dead Poets Society playing Jumanji on the Parisian catwalk. And him? Well, he's on a mission, in a retro setting, mixing military coats and embroidered decorations to an ethnic Amazonian vibe.