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Tokyo Meets Calcutta (Dries Van Noten)

Paris…Taking place under the eaves of Paris’ Bourse (the old stock exchange), Dries Van Noten spared no dramatic effect for his S/S 10 collection. A mobile “disco” pulled up in front of the building at the last moment to provide the beat-heavy soundtrack of Black Eyed Peas and passersby were able to see the entire show from the bottom of the steps. The “Tokyo meets Calcutta” inspiration proved the designer’s intention to show how contrasts can be beautiful. Plaid prints on pants and nylon parkas harmonized with mosaic prints. The mix-and-match effect paid off, as seemingly disparate elements and influences made for a successful marriage. In the show notes, Van Noten pointed out how globalism and ethnic inspiration were so important to his collection, something that was obvious due to the fact that his team sourced fabrics from mills in at least six countries! Fabrics were soft, silky and sometimes sheer, and silhouettes were flowing. Even the satin pocket squares in the cropped suiting jackets were bursting out of the chest pockets, paralleling the high energy of the show. It wasn’t just the fashion editors and Van Noten devotees who loved the show. Literally one second after the conclusion of the show, the Parisian skies gave out a deafening clap of thunder. Talk about dramatic effect!

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