Friday, February 10, 2012

Belgian’s finest: 2. Dries van Noten

Dries Van Noten presented his FW ’12-’13 collection in Paris at Fashion Week, earlier this year. He’s a Belgian designer, who studied at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp and graduated in the early Eighties. He’s also a member of the ‘Antwerp Six’, therefore he is one of the most influential designers Belgium (or even the whole world for that matter) has ever seen. It would be a mistake not to write about this brilliant designer and his astonishing collection.
Men Trend spotted prints in hyper-colored suits and jackets. It was a psychedelic experience for all of us. As artists were painting a white wall, the men strutted down the bare runway in some of the most colorful patterned jackets. The man himself described the collection as a mix of Oscar Wilde and Frank Zappa. It was decidedly so, as the colorful suits were also replaced by ones in finer fabrics like velvet. Aesthetics were taken from Dutch artist Gijs Frieling and calligraphy from the words of Wilde. The music choice was very special but fits perfectly with the atmosphere he created.
We liked it very much. It’s a very daring collection, with bold silhouettes and surrealistic patterns in pastel colors. In other words, nothing like we’ve ever seen before, yet with a very clear ‘Van Noten’ stamp on it. It is a really nice collection. The more classic pieces have a modern cut, which makes the tailoring look even more beautiful.
A successful show if you ask Men Trend.

Nino's favorite !

Christophe's favorite !

Check out the whole collection in this video!

Men Trend


  1. can't get enough of how sharp that first outfit is

  2. I really love your blog!

  3. Thanks for commenting!
    really cool that you live in Antwerpen, I visit it a lot!

  4. Love the perfect tailoring on the first jacket.


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