Artist at Work


PARIS…Once again, Dries Van Noten’s girls walked to the beat of a different drum. There was no sign of “austerity chic” on this runway, quite the opposite in fact. Van Noten followed up on last season’s big bloom prints with a variety of colorful abstracts sometimes exploring the same sort of marbleized printing techniques rendered by Raf Simons for the Jil Sander Men’s F/W 08/09 Collection. The silhouettes shown included slim mid-calf dresses and tunics, often in diaphanous layers and topped off with tweedy jackets or ethnic looking toppers. If last season’s collection wasn’t the one to confirm this designer’s current status in the mainstream of “most desired designer duds” then this one certainly will do.


And then there were the accessories! Trans-seasonal high heeled sandals (cold feet? just add ankle socks!) with multiple straps that played on the marble print theme. for jewelry, a twist on the sort of ethnic bangles found in Eastern markets, strung together and worn as huge statement necklaces.

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