75 posts tagged "Dries Van Noten"
Growing up, there were fashion codes my friends and I religiously followed, and even my sartorially challenged younger self knew there were certain things you just shouldn’t do. However, designers have taught us that some fashion rules are meant to be broken. So throw out the guides you’ve always known and try out three lessons the runway taught us this year:
Mixing patterns is a fantastic idea.
Some of the most striking looks on the Fall ’14 runways boasted bold, seemingly clashing patterns. From stripes and plaids to florals and animal spots, nothing was off-limits. Have a look at collections from mix masters Dries Van Noten and Peter Pilotto to see how it’s done.
Black and blue make a hell of a pair.
The black-and-blue combo has long been considered a no-no, but it just happened to be the most popular color scheme on the Fall runways. Need proof? Check out the Oscar de la Renta and Marc by Marc Jacobs‘ Fall lineups.
When it comes to footwear, socks and sandals are the bee’s knees.
Formerly associated with clueless, fanny-pack-toting tourists, the socks-and-sandals trend tore through the Resort ’15 collections (Rag & Bone and M.Patmos included) and popped up on the streets during the Fall ’14 shows. (Fanny packs are back, too, by the way.) We can thank normcore for this one.
Speaking to the Philippine Daily Inquirer, Courtney Love revealed that the long-rumored Kurt Cobain biopic will be entering production in the next year. While the actor to portray Cobain has yet to be cast, Love says she, daughter Frances Bean Cobain, and Cobain’s former Nirvana bandmates Krist Novoselic and Dave Grohl will all be involved in the project. Of demo reels she’s received thus far, Love offered, “That was really tough because these boys are so pretty, so cute. I won’t name names because I don’t want to jinx it for anyone, but these are 25-year-olds who are blond, gorgeous, and the new Brad Pitts. There are a ton of those. Some are really good actors, not just pretty faces. I don’t want to be the person who makes that decision. Let’s leave that to the agents; I have great agents now. But I will have a say in it.” Will the flick spur yet another grunge revival? We’ll keep our ripped jeans and Dries Van Noten plaids in our closets just in case.
When he walked me around his exhibition this morning, Dries Van Noten wanted to make one thing clear. The show—which runs at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris until August 31—is emphatically not a career retrospective. Instead, it’s a sumptuous meditation on creativity, a idea summed up by its title, Inspirations. Every room is a multilayered inroad into Van Noten’s thought processes, and, like the McQueen exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the show is so rich that it will have the power to enthrall people who have no prior engagement with fashion. But among the many provocative juxtapositions of past, present, and future, one stands out as a singular piece of mind-fuckery. To illuminate Van Noten’s fascination with the front and back of things (something which has sparked some of his most interesting fashion statements), Bronzino’s exquisite Portrait of a Man Holding a Statuette, on loan from the Louvre, is juxtaposed with an abstract painting by Gerhard Richter. You can imagine the Richter as the back of the Bronzino, Van Noten mused. Suddenly, I saw the world through his eyes.
I have to admit, pink is one of my favorite colors. I’m always drawn to baby pink cashmere sweaters and cotton shirts, or darker-hued dresses and silk blouses. To my delight, we’ve seen a rainbow of roses in the Fall ’14 collections—particularly fuchsia, which has been all over the runway. Alexander Wang, Altuzarra, and Dries Van Noten have all sent pink down their catwalks, but being the anxious shopper that I am, I don’t think I can wait until August to indulge in the trend. My solution? House of Holland’s shocking pink lace dress, which is already in my Net-a-Porter shopping cart. I can only hope that spring weather is not too far away—too bad that’s not available for same-day delivery in New York.
House of Holland dress, $545, Buy it now