Dries Van Noten S/S 2013 Collection

If you’ve been waiting for a fashion show to surprise you and make you think, the Dries Van Noten S/S 2013 Collection may just be the one.  Let me start by taking you on a trip down memory lane.  Do you recall the plaid button ups and bad floral prints that epitomized the 90’s grunge scene?  Van Noten does.  And instead of looking back with a “what were we thinking” attitude, he has taken those forgotten favorites and turned them seriously chic.  In fact, I am going to take it a step further and say some of the looks are down right pretty!

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Mixing prints is nothing new for Van Noten (and frankly is something we’ve seen on the runway before), but in the Dries Van Noten S/S 2013 Collection masculine and feminine prints are not only successfully fused together, but with a softness and a seriousness that makes these looks accessible to a wider scope of clientele.  There is nothing cutesy about the usage of floral prints in these looks.  And plaid is no longer just for the grizzly bearded lumberjack or ironically minded hipster.

One of my favorite elements here is the use of featherweight organza.  By pairing the typically cumbersome plaid with such a light fabric a balanced contrast is achieved, helping the pieces to feel more like spring, while simultaneously upping the sophistication level.

Undoubtedly this collection will make some heads spin (especially those of you who swore “never again!”).  For me this is a great thing!  I like when my perceptions are challenged and even more so when the challenger is this appealing.  It has been settled: I will be wearing plaid this spring.  But I want to know: does the Dries Van Noten S/S 2013 Collection excite you as much as it does me?


Images via Style.com /Yannis Vlamos/ GoRunway.com


  1. Great blog. Very interesting style. BTW, what’s the make of the shoes on your banner? I love that shoes.
    Haley http://www.instyleforless.org

  2. I love the 5th look! Dries van Noten has been up-and-coming for awhile, and I think they are really great at play on patterns…however, some of this collection looks a little disjointed.

    -xo, Brittany (#BSBN)

  3. Love the shininess with the plaid, so easy and free flow, I could really see myself buying that top skirt, fabulous!

  4. Oooh yes, I like these! Outfit #4 is definitely my fave – love the print skirt, and that black top is divine!

  5. I love the plaid with the floral pants in outfit #3. I’ve been a fan of Van Noten for a while, and I also hated plaid for a LONG time. Those 90’s…LOL

  6. I like being surprised, especially when it comes to fashion. What’s the fun of it otherwise? I loved the collection and I’ve already declared it one of my favourite SS 2013 so far. The way he played with prints and textures, brilliant!

  7. loving the floral + plaid combos. happy friday!

    Fancy {No}Pants

  8. You know I never thought I’ll say that, but I am actually liking this plaid/flower combination….

  9. I’m in love with the 4th look… most likely because the patterns aren’t visually clashing so much for me, so to answer your question… nah, I’m not loving it..

    but it was NEAT to see how it was done… 😉

  10. yeap!! they are really nice i love patterns especially for fall n spring looks :)

    kisses dear!!

  11. Dries is well known for his prints I love the Belgium designers like him Margiela and Demeulemeester. It certainly doesn’t make my head spin, I think it’s quite contemporary, I often think that sometimes Van Noton gets overshadowed by some of the bigger Italian designers particularly in the public’s eye.

  12. I’m really liking the plaids and the sheer fabrics those will be great in the S/S season!

  13. i love all the cool mix printing! so inspirational :) Especially the plaid+floral.

  14. Dries Van Noten has always been one of my all time favourite designers as well as the rest of The Antwerp Six!.I admire his ability to merge marvellous colour, prints, and patterns is such a wearable way.

  15. A MAZE ING… I am feeling some kinda way about reliving an era. Hm… midlife crisis.

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