Ringing in the opening of his awe-inspiring Inspirations exhibition at Les Arts Decoratifs, Dries Van Noten showed his autumn/winter 14 collection in Paris this week. Drawing on the ravy men’s collection he did for next season, the collection allowed the designer to go crazy after a year of exhausting exhibition preparations, which have seen him calling in art works and clothes from all the corners of the world. “I didn’t say, ‘Okay, now we’re going to work on this period.’ For me it was about playing with bright colours,” a happy Dries commented backstage, and he kept his word. To the sound of School Is Cool’s epic new single Black Dog Panting, which Dries caught on the radio a few weeks ago and decided to put in his show, the designer showed one of his most spontaneous and exhilarating collections ever. We picked his five best looks.
If Dries took home economics in school, you just know he was that child who made a charming centrepiece to go along with the food. Just because he could - and because lilies were in season. No one does a floral motif like Monsieur, and this time he decided to hand-paint them, because why wouldn’t you? He also found time to do a couple of immaculate flower cut-outs. As he said, “I wanted to go from 2-D to 3-D.” He went way beyond that.