The hippie vibe has extended all the way to Paris, but Dries Van Noten’s bricolage of rich tapestries made his incarnation the best example of the trend for Spring/Summer 2015. When discussing the aesthetics of the show, the designer referenced both the Pre-Raphaelite art movement, which blended nature and romance with fanciful woodland scenery, and the Arts and Crafts movement of Great Britain, which focused on exquisitely crafted interior facades. The thorny problem of rectifying past influence with modern design was swiftly handled by taking the opulent, impressive scope of materials and tailoring it using both Asian and sportswear techniques.
In typical Dries fashion, there were plenty of relaxed shapes, contrasting prints, rich textiles, and eye-catching patterns to choose from. Across a forest floor strewn with moss and lichen, models walked in separates that layered together multi-colored looks with neutral tones touched with subtle brocade. Tiered chiffon slip dresses were striped with black sections on top of soft pastels, while silk bomber jackets gleamed with beautiful handiwork. Silk drawstring trousers, mannish blazers, bandeau tops, and low-slung bermuda shorts advanced the nouveau-bohemian message, while a Lurex fringed top in an ombré waterfall of emerald, aqua, and sapphire touched on something more luxurious.
A spell was cast over the proceedings when nature’s growth seemed to overtake the final looks. Glittering patchwork akin to the sprawl of lichen clung to tunic dresses, sheer tops, and gauzy skirts, asserting the haute-hippie theme once more. For the finale, instead of taking a final turn down the runway, models collapsed onto the carpeted forest floor, relaxing against the scenery, while the rest of the world outside continued its endless hubbub.
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