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Dries Van Noten's arty new collection

FashionBy Sunday World
Dries Van Noten's arty new collection

Dries Van Noten embraced arts and crafts for his Spring/Summer 17 collection.

The Belgian designer presented at Paris Fashion Week Men's on Thursday evening (23Jun16) and transported the audience to the countryside with his outdoorsy pieces.

"An imagined view from Kelmscott Manor (the country home of writer William Morris) on arts and crafts today," the show notes read, with his vision perfectly encapsulated trough Dries' signature use of colour.

Models walked in multi-tone pieces like a cropped jacket with a landscape-inspired pattern and a series of coats boasting Renaissance imagery. Floral tapestry and camouflage print was used throughout too on the likes of shorts, trenches and trousers, while fringing was lavished onto blouses and cotton tops.

Some garments were more wearable though, like a navy sweater with a black pattern on the front, a silk suit jacket and preppy-style cover-ups with stripes around the neck and sleeves. But the most impact was made when these items were paired with more out-there garments, with one model wearing a long, sheer navy top over a dark green vest with navy suit trousers and chunky black shoes.

Before Dries, Yohji Yamamoto took to the runway with a line reminiscent of the '80s, full of loose-fitting designs. Layers were prominent throughout the range, following suit with the latest Paris trends, and every male model wore a cover-up as he took to the catwalk, whether it was a kimono-style jacket or a sleeveless shirt.

Like Dries there was a military style, but Yohji clearly injected his Japanese heritage into his creations, with head bands throughout, ties around the hips and prints indicative of Eastern Asia.

Sadly at the end of his show the designer received just a slight applause - something considered a rarity in today's industry.

The shows continue on Friday (24Jun16) as Maison Margiela and Givenchy two of the big brands to show.

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