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Paris Fashion Week: Dries Van Noten's symphony of color and print

March 3, 2011 | 11:00 am


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


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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