DRIES VAN NOTEN SPRING/SUMMER 2019

Dear Shaded Viewers,

Dries Van Noten delivered a youthful and refreshing message with his show, focusing on sharper silhouettes and graphic effects, as well as unexpected textures. If this collection was not romantic and also devoid of nostalgia, it nevertheless evoked tradition in a fragmented way, referencing military styles and Couture volumes. Inspired by the clash between workwear and more ornamental clothes, Van Noten’s collection played with sartorial codes to achieve a kind of modern elegance that felt spontaneous and freeing. You could feel that energy in optically striped separates, which clashed with naive-looking florals and colored feathers. Lightweight outerwear – a key trend in Paris¬† – was prominent in the collection, from printed transparent trench coats to a glossy blue parka, which gave classic sportswear a Couture finish. Of course, you can still rely on the Belgian designer for an impeccably cut pantsuit or a utility-inspired cotton dress that will probably last forever. With their sporty sandals and strong eye-makeup, his women looked confident and sleek, ready to face all challenges coming their way.

Best,

Philippe

Philippe Pourhashemi

A freelance fashion writer, consultant and stylist, Philippe Pourhashemi was born in Tehran in 1976. He grew up in Paris, before moving to Scotland to study Foreign Languages. His passions are fashion and culture, as well as music and film. He writes and styles features for Metal in Barcelona, Behind the Blinds in Brussels, Contributor in Stockholm, Veoir in New York and SKP in Beijing. He was named Fucking Young's Editor-at-Large in 2016 and has contributed to ASVOF since 2008, acting as Correspondent-at-Large since 2012. An avid traveler, he likes to explore exotic fashion weeks and unexpected destinations whenever he can.