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!
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