Dries Van Noten Spring 2011: Strong-Shouldered and Dip-Dyed

Dries van Noten Spring 2011 Cheat Sheet: deceptively narrow, squared-off wedges ombre menswear THE white shirt dress shimmer sparkle Oriental prints wide shoulders wide legs PARIS--Has Dries Van Noten ever produced a bad collection? Not that I can remember, and I've been studying the printsmaster since the mid-'90s. But this one was particularly palatable, mostly because he kept the prints to a minimal--I'm getting sick of digital textiles, aren't you?--and produced a collection that, while anything but trendy, was incredibly on-point and wearable.
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Dries van Noten Spring 2011 Cheat Sheet: deceptively narrow, squared-off wedges ombre menswear THE white shirt dress shimmer sparkle Oriental prints wide shoulders wide legs PARIS--Has Dries Van Noten ever produced a bad collection? Not that I can remember, and I've been studying the printsmaster since the mid-'90s. But this one was particularly palatable, mostly because he kept the prints to a minimal--I'm getting sick of digital textiles, aren't you?--and produced a collection that, while anything but trendy, was incredibly on-point and wearable.
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Dries van Noten Spring 2011 Cheat Sheet:

  • deceptively narrow, squared-off wedges
  • ombre
  • menswear
  • THE white shirt dress
  • shimmer
  • sparkle
  • Oriental prints
  • wide shoulders
  • wide legs

PARIS--Has Dries Van Noten ever produced a bad collection? Not that I can remember, and I've been studying the printsmaster since the mid-'90s. But this one was particularly palatable, mostly because he kept the prints to a minimal--I'm getting sick of digital textiles, aren't you?--and produced a collection that, while anything but trendy, was incredibly on-point and wearable.

I'm a sucker for a good shoulder pad, so Van Noten's oversized, bulky-shouldered blazers in shimmering pastels spoke to me--as did the suede pumps in lavender, grey, and terra cota. His pants were incredibly wide, relaxed, and a bit wrinkled. (I'm assuming that was done one purpose.) As for his signature prints, there was an ombre--if you can call that a print--and some Oriental inspired florals, but nothing too jarring or in-your-face. They swept across the bodice of the garments, but without making a brash statement.

As the models took their final walk, Florence and the Machine wailed in the background. A grand way to kick off Paris Fashion Week.