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PARIS: DRIES VAN NOTEN F/W 09

This is the time when designers like Dries Van Noten really shine, because they are not confounded by the task of figuring out how to make their collection more relevant to life off the runway – his always has been.  This fall, he did not drift from the label’s design philosophy of easy does it. 

His collection offered oversized camel colored belted coats, trench coats in soft pinks and raspberries, yellow, cobalt blue, plum and orange-red wool relaxed jackets, in a variety of lengths and cuts, and that is just some of the incredible outerwear. 

He paired a soft loose-knit sweater with a long skirt, low-slung loose-fitting trousers with solid and print silk blouses, crocodile cropped and trench jackets, as well as a series of looks at the end of the show that had layers of raw edged silks on jackets.

His colorful collection drew its palette from the shades from Francis Bacon paintings, as evidenced by the mauves, ochre, pinks and oranges, the magic ingredients that made the otherwise basic pieces, anything but ordinary.  

With uncertainty looming in the economic air, and his fellow “visionary” peers scrambling to figure out how to “uncomplicate” the esthetic of their respective collections, Dries Van Noten is happy to be fashionably simple. 

Images courtesy of the Fashion Spot forums.
 
 
 

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