Dries Van Noten Spring Summer 2013

There is always something exciting about the Dries Van Noten show, it is the first one of the Paris schedule I review, and therefore a sign that the end of fashion month is near. But sadly, that was the extent of my excitement with this show, which was a huge disappointment given that I usually love what Dries does.

I always think of Suzy Menkes when I look at Dries, because I know she is a customer, and I think he has really found a niche with the slightly older, chic woman who likes fashion but not frivolity. Although her type won’t struggle to find pieces to buy (there are lots of great separates in this collection) the way the story was packaged felt silly. Grungy looks, with lots of plaid, baggy clothing, tacky mixes of prints, and an overdose of textures made this collection feel dirty by Dries standards. It needs to be cleaned up, and by that, I mean styled differently and paired with those perfect, interesting classics he is so good at. Not head to toe in grungy plaids.

I love…

Paris, catwalk, runway show, spring summer 2013, Dries Van Noten

a chic silhouette but I am not sure about all these patterns combined in one outfit.

Paris, catwalk, runway show, spring summer 2013, Dries Van Noten

Dries’ gorgeous tailoring.

I loathe…

Paris, catwalk, runway show, spring summer 2013, Dries Van Noten

a sloppy start to what’s usually a favourite show of mine. Overly embellished pants and a sheer plaid top. Just not cool.

Paris, catwalk, runway show, spring summer 2013, Dries Van Noten

sheer floral wrap skirts with panties on show? This is not for the Dries woman.

Paris, catwalk, runway show, spring summer 2013, Dries Van Noten

big sloppy mou-mou outfits.

Paris, catwalk, runway show, spring summer 2013, Dries Van Noten

TOO MUCH PLAID.

All images from Vogue.com.

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  • Dimitar

    Contrary to your opinion, this was the first collection from Dries I’ve ever liked. Maybe, I didn’t love the plaid either, but I really liked the opening piece plus a lot of other looks (even those in your loathe section). I feel like this collection looked a bit younger than usual.. but it may as well be just because wearing bigger clothes has become some kind of a style-thing that a lot of women tend to go for. (and some look good, others don’t)

  • Jasper

    i agree. i love dries but this collection was flat and the sheer in this collection looks really cheap