It’s Paris Fashion Week! The FROW are out in force and looking fierce. The catwalk shows are exciting. Cara Delevigne looked like a vintage vamp in Yves Saint Laurent, and Vivienne Westwood’s collection was an exciting extravaganza of drapery and embellishment. (And Kim and Kanye wore semi-matching outfits highlighting their fabulous cleavages!)
But what got me was the moss style carpeted runway and dappled light. That was all I saw at first. It was on Instagram; I was scrolling throughout blindly at an airport delay. I didn’t see clothes, nor did I read the caption but the photograph stuck with me. It looked like a dream. Then I found what the show was, days later. It was Belgian designer Dries Van Noten’s, which he appropriately described as being inspired by A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
Typically, Noten doesn’t like to follow the rules; he’s a cerebral designer who makes his clothes outside the box. He described this collection as “not really a collection… just a lot of nice clothes in nice fabrics.” This fits with the inspiration behind the collection—a festival loving girl who loves Stonehenge and nice materials. A series of sumptuous fabrics and horizontal stripes strutted down the catwalk and glimmered in the low lights. Noten had certainly established the ‘dream’ feeling. Then, just when you thought the show couldn’t get any cooler, all of the models floated down the mossy carpet and, well, flopped down. Okay, it was much more elegant than a flop. They laid out as if on a festival-themed photo shoot and you could imagine the sun on them. It was lovely!
The refreshing thing about this show was that even though it was conceptual and artistic, the clothes were just that, clothes. Don’t get me wrong, I love avant-garde fashion (see Sadie Clayton interview)—it’s both exciting and wearable art. Unfortunately, like most of us, I don’t have the lifestyle that would allow me to ever wear wearable art. Noten’s stuff, however, is exciting but I can also imagine seeing it on the streets of Paris, not just on the catwalks. I can see his outfits in East London and LA. It’s high fashion and it’s also totally doable.
So, next on my to do list is to have a serious interior debate between rent or Noten’s bomber jacket…
Watch the fashion show here.
Title image source: theguardian.com