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Opulence, Chinoiserie and a perfect blend of Utility at Dries Van Noten

Paris: Every season, Dries Van Noten never fails in keeping avid followers on their toes. Just when you think you have your wardrobe organized, then along comes another collection of to die-for-pieces. This exquisite presentation was opulence grounded in utility. It began with the fur trimmed gold brocade coat worn over a pair of oversized chinos  and then continued in the same vein, one after the other. Shimmering metallic cloques in elegant short dresses, jacquards in flowing trousers and neat jackets with puffed sleeves, and tie-on embroiderd skirts worn over cargo trousers cinched at the waist flowed behind. Sparkling rows of sequins  adorned and shimmered on shirts and tops, and flowers and feathers fastened at the neck added just the right finish – even a touch of orientalism in patterning brought the past into the future, blurring the lines  with the new. Van Noten cleverly mixes the ease of the casual with the luxury of couture, appealing to every woman, for her every mood. A visually powerful and evocative collection – Mr. Van Noten – you have raised the bar yet again! – Lizzy Bowring

Theme: Grounded in Glamour

Key Items: Tie-on skirts / Cargo trousers / Trench coats with pailettes / Sequined gowns / Wide leg trousers / Shorts / Full skirts / Tailored belted jackets / Fur coats / Lounge suit / Peplum jackets / Utility dress / Sleeveless fur trimmed jackets / Zipped jacquard jackets

Colour: Khaki / Burgundy / Sugar pink / Sky blue / Russet / Navy

Materials and Trims:  Feathers/ Pailettes / Flowers / Brocades / Velvet / Metallic cloques / Jacquards / Quilting / Gold fringing

Print and Pattern: Variegated stripes / ‘Chinoiserie’ florals

Footwear and Accessories: Brocade boots with chunky cylindrical heels/ Ankle boots / Corsage necklaces / Oversized utility bags / Brocade clutch bags / Long leather gloves

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