Dear Shaded Viewers,
Dries Van Noten presents his collection in front of a clear blue sky changing from dawn to dusk. In front, models walked down the steps one by one as different shades of blue dictated the background, carrying the message of Dries Van Noten’s Men AW21, a new way of interpreting the familiar.
The collection was toned-down for Dries Van Noten. The focus was on the essentials of the men’s wardrobe. A search for an effortless, modern and comforting line that can easily be worn today.
“It was about going to the menswear wardrobe staples, and trying not to leave them because I wanted them to be recognizable, but to look at their function, and the way you feel about some things that you think you know but which maybe you don’t.” the designer said in an interview with Vogue.
The collection composed of classic tailoring, high waisted pleated pants, oversized coats, cropped ankle length trousers. Elements of sportswear were blended with formal garments. Prints were taken inspiration from traditional tie motifs, scarves, zodiac signs, checks, pinstripes and classic shirt stripes.
This collection was a revisit to the fundamentals, without the need to be trendy. At the centre of it lied functionality, sensation and reassurance.