What I LOVE about Anwerp's Mr Van Noten is his use of Colour, Prints and shape. Colour wise, over his past 4 or 5 seasons there is a strong use of colour. SS08 showed an amazing mix of lilac, turquois, pale orange and yellow, SS09 had base of Black and White with gorgeous accents of Rich Orange and Golden Yellow dipped to show off mulitple shades. What we can see in SS10 is a wide palette of rich metallic greens, aubrgine and deep blue. The use of print is something that defines Dries Van Noten, using digial photographs to produce amazing floral and animal prints (which can be seen in his AW09 collection), or using his extensive research to find global wide fabrics naive to Malaysia, Calcutta and Tokyo. The styling of his collection shows that there is wearability in clashing contrasting colours and prints, all diffused by the shape of his garments. Wide boy shorts, flat fronted loose or cigarette leg pants, slouchy sweaters, oversized blazers and beautifully draped dresses all exude a carefree, sophisticated and feminine feel. This talent that this designer possesses means that each time, he creates clothes that can be worn by women in any continent and in any decade. Timeless.
Here are some picks from his previous collections (all images from STYLE.COM)