A shining star for Belgian fashion, Dries Van Noten never fails in defining effortlessly modern menswear that is directional and simultaneously wearable. After last season’s lavish sartorial approach, Dries returned to sportswear – a well-trodden and successful constituent of his unique design handwriting.
Shown in a Parisian garage, Van Noten’s feminised sportswear involved a swift display of energetic gear. Waterproofs were core to the collection as billowing slick parkas, blousons and anoraks in silk and taffeta flew down the catwalk. Function and practicality was a central theme to the collection along with Van Noten’s precise and enviable tailoring. Amenable white shirts, striped sweaters and slim pants in fine silk provided the Van Noten fundamentals for next season.
Van Noten’s collections always build on the Belgian’s affinity with fabric, and this season the play between synthetic and natural fabrics was a resounding success. Navy and blue, a Van Noten staple were again the key hues for the season, but Van Noten gave the garments a new sense of urban energy and youthfulness.