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Posts Tagged ‘Dries Van Noten’

Wet (fashion) dreams

In Fashion on May 16, 2011 at 5:59 pm

My official list of favourite designers. You are given permission to cut off my tongue if I ever say otherwise:

c.neeon
via sleek

Henrik Vibskov
via Henrik Vibskov’s blog

Dries Van Noten
via the fashionalists

Raf Simons
via fashionising

Jil Sander
via Marouge Style

Meadham Kirchoff
via Crystal Migraine

Ann Demeulemeester
via trendland

Christopher Kane
via the must + it

Gareth Pugh
via Newslicious

Rick Owens
via Glamour Goddess

Céline
via Kenya’s Style

Haider Ackermann
via trend forum

Kris Van Assche
via Homme Times

and, Riccardo Tisci for Givenchy
via

Fashion Windows

Canadian mentions:

Denis Gagnon

via Magnifique

Greta Constantine

via Auntie Fashion

John Hillifer via Gian Lucianglesi

If I were a boy…

In Fashion on February 11, 2011 at 8:30 pm


via thecorner

I’d bask in Belgian fashion designer Dries Van Noten‘s brilliant spring/summer 2011 collection. And, thanks to the online boutique thecorner, now you can. The store, parented by major online retailer Yoox, known for housing über-edgy fashion brands, will be carrying an assortment of coats, blazers, belts, and its renowned – and daring – denim.

Dries Van Noten Denim outerwear via thecorner

Dries Van Noten coat via thecorner

I must be honest, these pieces are what one would call an investment – prices go $270 for a belt, to $1,000 for a coat – but just think of how avant-garde you’d be among your circle.


Shout out to ELLE Japan for proving the video.

Re-Cap: Men’s Fashion Week

In Collection, designer, Fashion, Fashion Heat, Good Look, Men on January 24, 2011 at 5:47 pm

There were too many collections to keep track. And though I loved them all, I had to narrow it down to the ones that stood out to me. And even if they didn’t, there was something strong in their message. Something worth noting.

Versace menswear – Fall/Winter 2011-2012

The new trend: Blue

Blue is back, but with a lot more panache than the denim that inundated fashion last year. Blue – this year – is royal; soothing, much like the exquisite beaches in Aruba. Donatella Versace did a beautiful rendition of blue in swathed sweaters and fine-tailored suits, while Dries Van Noten, though not a standout in the collections, did a beautiful number on those double-breasted wool-blend coats. But Acne was, by far, the best collection in this department. Jonny Johansson, creative director behind the brand, complemented the hue with the minimalism trend giving it a very contemporary appeal.

Paul Smith menswear – Fall/Winter 2011-2012

The new trend: Orange

Last year it was burnt sienna, but this year, it’s a full-out ode to the hue representing enthusiasm and creativity. Ann Demeulemeester, mostly known for her dark design concepts, threw in punches of orange as show here, while Kenzo enriched the colour with a bit of berry. Paul Smith, otherwise known for his whimsy multi-coloured stripes, added a bit of edge to his collection, but threw in orange for good measure. It definitely worked.

Givenchy menswear – Fall/Winter 2011-2012

The new trend: Graphic print

Alright, this is not particularly a new trend. But, it is one that designers want you to understand. Yohji Yamamoto did what appears to be an ode to the late Alexander McQueen, you know, the gorgeous art of the medieval era, Sir McQueen was so good at – but, in true Yamamoto fashion – a bit of whimsical flair lightening things up. It is fashion at its peak, but still wearable for those into making statements through their clothes. I have said, for a long time, that I am in love with Riccardo Tisci. This has not changed, and neither has my love for his design hand at Givenchy. With its incorporation of pitbulls, Jesus and chains, this collection was very west-coast, very “hood,” and an interesting cross-over into more accessible fashion. As for Jean-Paul Gaultier, the man who gets his inspiration from the street, there was nothing new. But that’s okay, Mr. Gaultier played on his strengths: prints, sexuality and fantasy. But his way with prints, in this case, is indisputable.

Burberry Prorsum menswear – Fall/Winter 2011 2012

The new trend: gray, hats, bags

The thing about this, is that there’s too many to just single out one. When I look at the hats – especially in the Dior Homme collection – it’s an easy ode to Indiana Jones. But, when I look at them, I think of the late, absolutely great Michael Jackson. He lives on through fashion. And the way the hats tilt (as seen in Lanvin), concealing the eyes just so, it is an obvious reference. As for gray, the colour representing sorrow, security and maturity, rather than dwell on the bad, let us think of it for its security. It’s dependability. And, better yet, as seen in Burberry Prorsum, its sleekness. “Manbags” – feared by men across the globe at first, are now bigger than ever. To the point of commonality. But unlike the men in skirts trend last year, this one is nothing to be ashamed of. And as the trend develops, it learning to take on a masculinity of its own.