Backstage with Sonny Vandevelde at Dries Van Noten who brings you flora and fauna meets 90’s ravers

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Dear Shaded Viewers,

Sensuality, romance,  pristine tailoring, dressing for the rave, what ever your mood, Dries has something for you. Naturally in true Dries Van Noten style the coats are cut to perfection the new nipped in waist was unexpected and alluring. From decades of following this brand what is evident is that no matter what your age, 18 to 80, there is something perfect for you and it will fit into your closet and be your go to look for years. Everybody knows Dries has the most beautiful garden that has inspired his line of perfumes as well as his meticulously printed graphics.

What you see is earthy tones, rawness of fabrics such as jute and alpaca and fine knits in flesh tones evolve from a book about the groundbreaking work of German naturalist and geographer Alexander von Humboldt and his visionary explorations of the natural world in the 1800s. Imagery inspired by drawings in the library of Meise Botanic Garden in Belgium informs the vivid renderings of tiger lilies unfurling, snakes coiling and eagles in flight across shirting, knitwear and bomber jackets.

Tailoring explores wide shouldered jackets with narrow waists. Trousers are wide or skinny with high waists. Ribbons are floating from trousers in Dries’ rave mood. Fabrics look weathered by the elements, washed silks, over dyed fabrics and textured knitwear that looks like lace or fishnet. All the while on the many inclines on the way up to the show, really the only thing I can complain about, there was the sounds of experimental Belgian musicians Lander & Adriaan. They created a unique composition for the show mixing sophisti-rave fusing 90s underground dance with classic jazz.

Please enter the surreal garden of earthly delights chez the man, Dries Van Noten in the decades I’ve been following his brand I can safely say that he never disappoints, the man is a poet.



Diane Pernet

A LEGENDARY FIGURE IN FASHION and a pioneer of blogging, Diane is a respected journalist, critic, curator and talent-hunter based in Paris. During her prolific career, she designed her own successful brand in New York, costume designer, photographer, and filmmaker.