PFW S/S18: Dries Van Noten, glittering and elegant for “cocktails at five”

Dries Van Noten S/S18

Dries Van Noten

Paris: The mood was set, the Hotel de Ville, glittering chandeliers, under which models moved languidly to the sound of “Be my Baby”, and the clothes, how many superlatives can one add to such a beautiful, elegant collection – the amount would be endless. There is no question that Dries Van Noten is his own man, he does not bend to the whims and fads of the fashion world, instead, presents what he feels from his soul. As the designer commented, “maybe fashion is a reflection of our times”, he also added “ well maybe that’s enough of that! Let’s do something optimistic, enjoy things!”

Enjoy we did – Dries sent out a dignified lineup which gently touched our emotions – from the nude slip dress, just so incredibly understated save for the token of glitter in the tiny strands, dancing as the model moved. Shades of cosmetic hues gave way to patterned silk scarves that fluttered gently, draped over the shoulder or in and out of dresses or placed beneath a blazer. So many exquisite pieces, take the fluid asymmetrically draped dresses and skirts, gently wrapping around the wearer’s form or the softly cut black jacket with an organza overlay, sprinkled with sparkling jewels. Makeup too appeared as just a soupcon of sparkle on lips and eyeshadow while singular diamante earrings dusted shoulders. Prints came inspired by Picasso’s work of Femmes a Leur Toilettes, forties wallpaper motifs, sun-drenched florals and sixties couture flowers. It was all just emotionally mesmerising. – Lizzy Bowring





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