Paris Fashion Week: Dries Van Noten's symphony of color and print
Belgian designer Dries Van Noten's collection was a symphony of clashing "so-bad-they're-good" color blocks, textures and prints.
The color palette included burnt orange, jade and caramel, with flashes of metallic embroidery. Draped, asymmetrical dresses, cape-sleeve shirts and knee-length skirts had as many as four contrasting prints, with bonsai, ikat, feather motifs and floral motifs alternately bringing to mind mid-century modern interiors, Chinoiserie and Spirographs.
Coats in nubby tweeds came with single fur lapels, and chunky turtleneck sweaters two-toned. A skirt in a caramel-colored plasticky-swirl was reminiscent of a woodcut.
Van Noten described the look as "a dialogue between Ziggy and Diaghilev." And it's true, the collection wasn't so much designed as orchestrated, with sweeping gestures across a broad stage. Bravo maestro!
-- Booth Moore in Paris
Photos: Looks from the Dries Van Noten fall-winter 2011 runway collection shown during Paris Fashion Week. Credit: Jonas Gustavsson and Peter Stigter / For The Times