One of the Antwerp 6, Dries Van Noten is not a designer that craves the spotlight, opting instead to remain quietly confident and allowing his genius creations to speak for themselves.
This season Dries Van Noten drew inspiration from the Marchesa Luisa Casati, an Italian heiress, muse and eccentric. Noten was particularly interested in her relationship with poet Gabriele D’Annunzio – “they pushed decadence as a lifestyle, but were never happy,” claims the Belgian designer, and there is darkness to his FW16 collection. That said, the collection remains a luxe assortment of fabulous, wearable pieces. From printed suits to draping capes, embellished bomber jackets to chunky knitwear, there is an aristocratic vibe to the pieces that will instantly elevate everyday dressing.
In 1986, after graduating from the Fashion Design course at Antwerp’s Royal Academy, Dries Van Noten found instant success producing his own line of shirts, trousers and blazers that were immediately bought by the likes of Barneys New York, Pauw in Amsterdam and Whistles London. Decades later Dries Van Noten continues to be one of the most highly regarded fashion designers in the world, celebrated for his intelligent designs and unique fashion sensibility. Season after season, the Dries Van Noten show accrues critical acclaim for its cerebral profoundness, along with a real buzz among its die-hard fans. The Dries look is definitely distinct: the colours are always delicious, the cuts are consistently innovative, and the overall result is constantly at the top of our wish list.