Dries Van Noten – S/S 2012


Paris: Citing the pivotal Spanish designer Cristobal Balenciaga and up-and-coming photographer James Reeve as inspiration for Spring, Dries Van Noten created a perfect melding of past and present worlds. A stark black and white opening kicked things off but soon the looks began to venture into new territory, literally, as the James Reeves scenic photos were mixed and matched with botanical etchings to explore the ends of the earth from jungles, mountains and oceans to glitzy cityscapes. Meanwhile the shapes and silhouettes were more than just canvases for pretty pictures, a healthy dose of ruffles, precisely placed volume and tonal layering of smart structured basics left the entire collection with a polished yet relaxed look that had maximum global appeal. —Shannon Davenport

Silhouette: Dropwaist / Tailored / Relaxed / Voluminous

Color: Midnight blue / Black / White / Grey / Fuchsia / Misty green / Turquoise / Marigold / Rust / Teal

Key Items: Sack dress / Structured button-up top / Peplum-waist tailored pant/ Boxy tailored short / Embroidered bolero / Knee-length skirt / Motorcycle cropped swing jacket / Straight shift dress / Samurai sleeve blouse

Print + Pattern: Photoprints of the work of James Reeve / Scenic screen prints / Collaged photos / Botanical etchings / Jungle scenes / Seascapes / Nighttime cityscapes / Floral mountainscapes / Damask

Materials: Cotton / Silk / Lace / Wool / Satin

Details + Trim: Peplum waistlines / Flamenco ruffles / Folkloric embroidery / Pleats / Bows / Samurai sleeves / Bell sleeves / Raised pockets / Perforation / Lace trim / Color and pattern blocking / Boat-neck necklines

Accessories + Footwear:  Oval sunglasses / Block Perspex heels with fabric ties / Minimal tristrap heels / Rectangular clutches / Skinny belts

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