in fashion, simplicity can have its place, but there is something to be said for being a mix master. the problem is, with so many messages, trends and ideas out there, putting them all (or even a few) together can be a daunting task. season after season, dries van noten has proven why he is leaps and bounds above the rest when it comes to putting it all together–literally. the show had themes abound: utility, orientalism, post-war feminism and military reference, but no one outshone another and it all just seemed to work. the collection included nipped waist coats, fatigue jodhpurs, belted shirtdresses, slouchy sweatshirts, and full skirts. the mix came in the form of the textures he employed–everything from jeweled sleeves on an anorak to leopard fur over a cotton khaki pencil skirt, a wooly v-neck colorblock sweater topping silk dark floral pants. the palette of olive, camel, navy, ochre, teal, plum, black, and heather grey with shots of gold, chartreuse, and hot pink complemented the looks to perfection. my favorites of the bunch were when he combined lounge wear with evening, like a cutoff sleeve sweatshirt and a long silk skirt, or a beaded skirt with an army shirt. it gave me new ideas on how to put together things i already own, while letting me dream a little and step into the world of an ultimate mixer.
pics from catwalking