Paris Fashion Week Coverage: Dries Van Noten Fall 2015 Collection

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Dries Van Noten’s Fall/Winter 2015 presentation exists for the modern style icon, the fearless and passionate pioneer whose love of fashion rules her every waking moment, women like Anna Piaggi and Isabella Blow, whom Van Noten namechecked after the show. Backed by an a capella soundtrack featuring a spectacular range of musical titans from Kate Bush, Courtney Love, and Nancy Sinatra to Rita Ora, Beyoncé, and Kylie Minogue, the celebration of the individual was at least half the spectacle.

Dries Van Noten’s Fall/Winter 2015 presentation exists for the modern style icon.

The collection radiated eclectic warmth, stacking layers of surprising elements together in a signature style that the show notes called “grounded glamour”. What anchored the glittering parade of chintz and chinoiserie were Dries Van Noten’s unexpected pairings, which brought together disparate pieces like extravagant peplum jackets with slouchy cargo trousers or embroidered princess frocks with overwide floor-scraping khakis. The high/low mix of Van Noten’s opulently decorated pieces makes sense for daywear, and is conversely desirable for evening when casual accoutrements are stripped away.

Speaking of opulence, coruscated surfaces achieved by golden brocade embroidery and saturated sequin beading attracted fashionable types like magpies. It was hard to resist the molten shimmer of an embossed brocatelle topcoat, for instance, or the magnetism of a simple blouse decorated with a corset of sequined appliqués. Flocked metallic sweaters and shaggy fur tops offered a decadent approach to seasonal style, as did Van Noten’s florid, printed toppers. Married to the insouciant drape of floor-scraping khakis and cargos, the collection transmitted an aura of effortless luxury. The brand’s clever mix of the couture and the casual begat the kind of unique, eccentric elegance that modern-day style icons strive to possess.

Photos: Courtesy of Imaxtree

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