Dries Van Noten has a well-established love of exotica, typicallyexpressed via his innovative use of prints. He is also among theincreasingly few designers who give their runways over primarily todaywear — real, unapologetic daywear that could, aside from theeditorial flourish or two, make a speedy segue from runway to street. Inthe collection he showed on Wednesday, Van Noten again fused those twocore elements to ultrachic effect.
The designer has a particular gift for functioning flamboyance.Back in October, he started scouring the Victoria & Albert Museumfor historical Chinese, Japanese and Korean costumes. He thenphotographed the actual garments — robes, coats, skirts — forlarge-scale prints that he cut into various pieces to create graphicblocks on the clothes. The side of a lavishly patterned oriental coatbecame the decorative motif for a skirt; parts of an Eastern skirt, thepattern on a blouse. Sometimes one big, bold graphic made the case,while at others, it was an interesting patchwork.
Alberta Ferretti's "Rainbow Week" sweaters are back. The designer closed her #MFW show with a few day-of-the-week sweaters, which first debuted on the catwalk last January as part of the pre-fall 2017 collection. #wwdfashion (📷: @delphineachard)