Probably the best known Belgium designer of the moment, Dries Van Noten succeeded in delivering throughout his last collection presented at Paris Fashion Week the extravagance and extrovert spirit of his ideal woman! It can be easily seen that his appetite for fashion was born long time ago, being raised in a close relationship with the fashion world spirit. He graduated The Royal Fashion Academy in Antwerp, his natal town. After reaching the heights of success by opening his first boutique in Antwerp, he expanded into more sophisticated and visible locations like Paris, Tokio, New York, Berlin, MIlan and Moscow.

“A marriage of rich and poor”

This is how described Vogue’s Editor-at-Large, Tim Blanks, the latest collection of Dries Van Noten. It has indeed an incredible combination of fabric, an explosion of styles and shapes and moreover a multicultural play.

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The opening piece of the show: white dress with golden applied details

You don’t have to spend a lot of time exploring Van Noten’s designs. One thing is clear: he creates clothes to be worn on the street. Taking a look at his collection, you can observe the effortless characteristic of the garments, and moreover, the chic feel everybody’s looking for in a casual outfit. He is not a Couture designer and that’s not because he cannot create something outrageous, but simply because he enjoys seeing his  creations worn.

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Ideal spring outfit: flawless black trousers and printed shirt

Beside the interesting play of fabrics like poplin and linen, the designer focused on mixing styles. He used damask, inspiring us to think at the Middle East cultures, but at the same time the abundance of golden details and accessories captured a small part of the Byzantine Empire.

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Beautiful look accessorized with Block Heel Sandals and round sunglasses

What I like a lot about this collection is the combination of midi-length skirts. It gives the whole collection the kind of sophistication any fashionista needs when wearing her casual clothes. The accessories Dries used in his collection vary from trendy and fashion-forward sunglasses to gold dust in the model’s hair and oversize necklaces.

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Embroidery is a must in the spring-summer season in Dries Van Noten’s view

As many other designers, the usage of embroidery exploded as well in the Belgium designer’s  latest collection. It takes mostly the form of ethnic motives ensuring the grandeur of whole garment selection.

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Red metallic trench coat? You just have to dare! 

In between the burst of motifs and styles, the floral print was one of the designer’s favorites. He used it on black flawless fabric taking the form of midi dresses, sleeveless vests or tops, and baggy trousers.

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Floral printed midi dress.

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The waist gets highlighted through the subtle black belt

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This is a perfect outfit for a hot summer day: floppy and fun!

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Block Heel Sandals in Crocodile Leather are a must!

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One of the most beautiful mixes of prints 

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Bright is the key to a stylish summer!

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Byzantine elements were incredibly well integrated into the collection

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Details: embroidery, ethnic motifs and tassels

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Models were having a natural make-up. It was all about the clothes and accessories!

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