Wow. With a collection this ethereal and splendorous it is difficult to know where to begin. So, I’ll just start at the beginning — Dries Van Noten’s inspiration. Drawing from John Everett Millais’ Ophelia, the Pre-Raphaelite image of Ophelia floating dreamily in a magical woodland setting, he commissioned Argentinean artist Alexandra Kehayoglou to create a mossy forest floor. Keyhayoglou’s woven rug in pastel shades of green, pink and blue and the richer, darker shades of green and teal appeared as forest grounds so lush one might anticipate finding tiny drops of dew on the model’s shoes.
Forever the master of mixing patterns, fabrics and silhouettes into mouth watering ensembles that flow and drape without ever overpowering the wearer, Dries outdid himself with what appeared to be fabrics pieced together from brocades and hand-blocked silks, yet were actually jacquards woven in one piece. Cue Van Noten shaking his head as he recollects the difficulty of the process.
The bevy of organza, silk, chiffon, jacquard and gilded fabrics composed into an array of tiered dresses, vests (short and long with flashes of lame), must have sequin t-shirts, the sheerest printed blouses, biased cut skirts, and mens wear inspired loosely structured trousers harmonized their way into a gorgeous and evermore wearable collection; one that any stylish, fashion obsessed women will give her right arm for come Spring 2015.
My must have is one of the combinations of lame or richly patterned bandeaus worn over the silk jacket/gossard like printed blouses. Heavenly and modern.
Images via Style.com