Faking Fashion - Paris Fashion Week: DRIES VAN NOTEN
A virtual view of what’s going on in the world of Paris Fashion Week. Thanks to nowfashion.com, style.com’s incredibly diligent dedication to posting photos online asap, twitter, and instagram it’s basically the same as being there. Today #PFW attendees were treated to a ’90s Nirvana Dream’ from @Driesvannoten cc: @wmag & @prconsutling.
Dries Van Noten’s popularity is not a secret, a masterful oriental-inspired fall frenzy left anticipation for the designers Spring Summer 2013 collection at an all time high.
The belgian designer is know for his cerebral knack for crafting clothes, and
what was presented for Spring 2013 did not disappoint. 1990s nostalgists gripped
onto the grunge feeling brought about by Van Noten’s gloomy madras and
cafard florals on sheer fabrics. Grown out roots and rouge-ish lips hinted to
90s grunge icon Courtney Love’s style as white Kurt Cobain frames, oversized knits and layering glamoured
the eyes of fashion fans. However, this wasn’t an overtly obvious grunge collection,
the plaids could be prep, the florals could be romantic, overall each piece
seemed incredibly wearable and changeable, and after all, isn’t that what fashion is
about? The looks would be perfectly at home in either a Corinne Day circa 1994 shoot for The Face or on a chic woman out and about in the streets of Paris.
Van Noten counted the languid dusty paintings of artist Lucian Freud as inspiration
employing matching washed-out colors in his palette, transitioning from dark deep navy and red to muddled yellows, and blue greys. Freud’s surreal dreamlike style and the influence of post-punk genres were visible and played into the melancholy masculine feminine tone.
Again this was a stellar collection from the Belgian designer - the sentimental
motif tugged at fashion heartstrings while still looking as if it could be worn
directly off the runway, Dries Van Noten devotees and new converts will likely be more than pleased.
What the style set said on twitter…
@womensweardaily: Dries Van Noten took concepts of punk/grunge to a grown-up, elegant place: wwd.us/S81KQw #PFW
@latimesimage: Paris Fashion Week 2013: Dries Van Noten goes grunge flpbd.it/z6KSd
@iheart_DC Sheer plaid shirt and shoes from #Dries Van Noten S/S 13 show is already on my must-haves list for next year!
@fashionisticL Congrats, @DriesVanNoten, you did it again! nowfashion.com/26-09-2012-dri… @NOWFASHION #proudtobeabelgian #ParisFashionWeek
@vensette Kurt Cobain & Courtney Love grunge-inspired beauty at Dries Van Noten…
@meenalmistry Dries Van Noten had best soundtrack so far: Amy Winehouse ‘Back to Black’ cover by The Cribs, Breeders + Sonic Youth ‘Superstar’ cover #pfw
@joyannking Die for Dries, especially this plain on plaid
@wmag: Direct from #PFW, Dries Van Noten S/S 2013. This is the 90s Nirvana collection of our dreams
& what the designer is saying….
On the colors and inspiration -
“The colors are extremely faded. It started from seeing an exhibition by Lucien Freud in London where there was one painting of a whole family sitting there in flowered dresses but completely in his colors.”
On the look -
“Because there is quite a lot of masculine and slouchy elements, I wanted the shoes precise and very feminine: pumps, little mules or shoes with a gilded golden ball at the heel. Strong but sweet.”
NY Times via The International Herald Tribune
Instagram photos courtesy of @lucienneleung, @fideldaniel @allure_magazine @thelncc @ellefr & @resob
Lucien Freud paintings courtesy of Acquavella Gallery NYC