NEW YORK — If you were to cast Dries Van Noten in a movie, the role of fashion designer would probably not be the first choice. In his comfortable-looking, chalk-striped jacket and nubby V-neck sweater — all worn with a slightly serious, yet unassuming air — the Belgian designer seems more like a natty young college professor. But in real life, a professor would probably opt for a muted forest-green sweater over the bright grassy one Van Noten wears.

Van Noten was honored Thursday night at Fashion Group International’s 20th anniversary Night of Stars, along with Donna Karan, Dolce & Gabbana’s Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana, Jean Paul Gaultier and milliner Philip Treacy. For the occasion, he wore a smart tuxedo of his own design with an antique waistcoat from the late 1800s.

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