Dries Van Noten Spring 2017 Menswear Collection
After last menswear season’s ecstatic explosion of time and place at the Palais Garnier opera house—for which this critic totally dropped his shopping—it was surely nearly impossible for Dries Van Noten to up the impactful ante. And he didn’t. Because how could he? That was a thing never to be repeated.
But that’s not to say that this wasn’t gold or at the very least silver on the podium of most entrancingly beguiling collections of the season so far. Because it was. Just look at the pictures. Dries Van Noten is one of the very few designers who defies the giddy winsomeness of this business to churn out collections which, again and again, make you feel like you are reading poetry which you are slightly too ill-educated to understand, yet with which you connect and feel the propensity to emotionally travel. Luckily for this yahoo, the mild-mannered maestro himself was in particularly disposing mien post-show, and provided guidance.
He said: “For me I wanted to do a new take on Arts and Crafts. When you think about Kelmscott Manor and Rossetti and Burne-Jones, they came together—making craft also art. And for me it was also like a challenge to find a new way of embellishment.
All those palettes and embroideries that we used in the past I didn’t want to use, so I tried to find new elements in volumes, in shapes, and in putting fabrics together. So I looked a lot at fabric art, to textile artists who were very active in the ’60s and ’70s and in whom there is now a new interest.”