collection Spring | Summer 2013
CHECK, mate. That was the position, or rather its sartorial equivalent, that we found ourselves in this afternoon as Dries Van Noten presented a spring/summer 2013 collection that was heavy on all things check, grid and plaid.
But where you might think this would come across as a little too square, Antwerp designer Van Noten kept it gorgeous and fluid, teaming printed shirts with ruffled chiffon tops, or long checked dresses overlaid with floral sheers. It was, as the designer so specialises in, elegant and casual and always with that laidback look in mind.
“She’s that bohemian girl, a sophisticated traveller,” described Vogue editor Alexandra Shulman. Patterns and prints were layered and clashed, mixed and matched with houndstooth or put alongside a sprinkling of metallic, and florals wavered between chiffon and 3D incarnations. This girl has packed shirts and she’s packed long skirts, loose lounge jackets and oversized easy dresses, texture-smothered pencil skirts and little shirts.
Dries Van Noten is a Belgian fashion designer and an eponymous fashion brand. In 2005, the New York Times described him “one of fashion’s most cerebral designers”.His style is said to be “eccentric”, and fell out of favor during the long period of minimalistic fashion in the early 1990s, only to make a come back towards the mid 2000s,culminating with Van Noten’s winning of the International Award of the Council of Fashion Designers of America in 2008. On the same year, he dressed actress Cate Blanchett for the Academy Awards, and has continued to dress her for other red carpet events since. Other notable customers include Princess Mathilde of Belgium, and actress Maggie Gyllenhaal.
images credit: Vogue.com