Move over Liz and Dick. Wednesday saw a different example of themarriage of British elegance to ostrich-feathered ostentation. This onecame courtesy of Dries Van Noten, who managed to extract the volatilityof the original while keeping it utterly captivating.


Van Noten wasn’t thinking of Hollywood marriage per se (he didreference another on-screen union — Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers —with a wacky take on his soundtrack of “Cheek to Cheek”). Yet heabsolutely intended a collection of extremes. Perhaps after spring’sgrown-up grunge session, Van Noten decided to focus on mannish tailoringin precise cuts, outsized proportions and traditional fabrics.

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