Gentle Whispers of Winter Elegance: Dries Van Noten’s Unconventional Tribute to the Bold Woman

Dear Shaded Viewers,

The recent Dries Van Noten catwalk was held on  the upper floor of the former C&A store on Boulevard Haussmann. The  Winter 2025 show titled “The Woman Who Dares to Cut Her Own Bangs” (referring to the wigs concealing the models’ eyes).  It’s about a woman who takes the time to do things for herself, a tender and strong woman who loves and wants to be loved, who decides for herself what she wants to wear. This stands in stark contrast to today’s celebrities who delegate their outfit choices to stylists chasing buzz over good taste.

With birdsong in the background and intermittent notes of Sade’s voice, this woman illuminates with pastel or saturated colors against the bare plaster of the construction site. She effortlessly combines sweatshirts and flannel jackets embroidered with blue crystal protrusions on the collarbone. A top tube in acid yellow viscose is layered over a schoolboy-checkered shirt, compressing the bust, and worn with a flowing black wool skirt at the back. It appears as if she has mixed fabrics from Saint Pierre market, Antwerp textiles, American fleece, chic English punk jewelry chains, and French couture with falling back collars. The jacket shoulders are narrowed in front, ankle-elasticated pants are cut from green dusty plush. Bags exude vintage vibes with snapping clasps,  pumps have quirky block heels. The  focus was on the quality of the products, colors, and their intensity by playing with long threads, short fibers, traditional fabrics, and recycled polyester.

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.