Rocking an Embroidered Vintage Dries van Noten Shirt
I have to tell you a story about the shirt I decided to wear for this week’s Marquis Monday images. I picked up this Dries van Noten shirt in Toronto where designer menswear has a sizeable market and an embroidered silk and cotton shirt on a man is more than appreciated but sought after. Which is why I was so shocked to see the piece still available in my size!
The shirt in question was from the van Noten Spring 2006 collection (talk about vintage) where the designer decided to reinvent himself and his line. The main inspiration was Salvador Dalí at the beach but the looks came across as eccentric toreadors who stayed out all night. How like life. Though I may not be waving a red flag around and dodging the piercing horns of a bull, I feel like I am weaving through city shops, in and out of revolving doors, and narrowly avoiding the fashion faux pas that are as piercing to my delicate corneas as any adult male bovine mammal’s sharpened outgrowths.
The point is, the shirt has incredible detail in the way the hand embroidery was delicately stitched on in the particular pattern accenting all the most masculine of areas. The back, the shoulders, the arms… all areas I need accentuating on so the shirt is fitting in more ways than one. The cotton silk blend allows for a somewhat sheer look with the ability to keep in the heat. Perfect for an evening on a patio with a bottle of sparkling red.
The denim is Diesel and the accessories I chose to accent the shirt was a crocodile belt I picked up from Holt Renfrew, Gucci wrap-around style shades, and blue seude Gucci shoes with a brown bamboo accent. When wearing a similar top you could get away with wearing nothing underneath depending on the venue, seeing as how it is somewhat see-through, but I chose to wear a white tank and not be a complete hussy. Each to their own.
Look below for even more detailed shots of the sleeves and the look on the runway back in 2006.