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Brief Published: 3 Mar 2011

Dries Van Noten: Paris A/W 2011-12


Citing rock icon David Bowie and the Ballets Russes as his primary influences, Dries Van Noten showed his latest collection in Paris yesterday.

Known for his mastery of print, Van Noten clashed motifs in head-to-toe patterned looks, with jigsaw-like construction creating a sense of elegant disorder.

Drop-sash waists referenced the 1920s’ silhouette, while abstract expressionist prints in clashing pigments were teamed with decadent brocades, jacquards and overdyed silks.

And while colour clashed explosively, so did form, with stand-alone fur collars, partial lapels, subtle assymetrical silhouettes and lines just a little bit off – all adding to the feeling of 'wrongness' that has been so extensively mined on this season's runways.