This Fall/Winter 2021 season, Dries Van Noten had decided to take cherished wardrobe items and revisit them in terms of shape, volume, technique and texture.
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‘’It’s not a loud collection. It’s a pity you can’t see it in real. It’s a very tactile collection’’, he said. ‘’It was more exciting for us to work on shapes and construction rather than loud prints, as much as I love color and prints’’.
Shown through a nine-minute video, the collection featured key elements from the Belgian designer: impeccable graphics, metallic elements, clever overlays, dynamic asymmetries, cleanliness, and extreme rigor.
Rife with rich textiles and flourishes, the range was cut looser than Van Noten’s previous efforts, blending formal clothes and sportswear in a relaxed hybrid to show a contemporary and smart wardrobe.
The prints were taken from the traditional motifs of the ties and showed signs of the zodiac, chess, and stripes of the classic shirt and fabrics continued the balanced dialogue signed by Van Noten with opaque and shiny materials, duchesse cotton imported from womenswear, nylon, and ultra-light brushed and crisp cottons.
Soft shoes, sandals and loafers made for easy outside ventures, while knit legwarmers neatly straddled the divide, removing the need to dress either for the inside or the outside.
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