Dries Van Noten Fall 2012 Men’s Ready-to-Wear
The bright patterns at Dries Van Noten were splashed onto jackets, shirts, and pants for Fall 2012 making this Fall 2012 seem more like spring and a lot more happier.
The shoes (mostly made of croc) were dyed golden orange, and occasionally had black sides creating a sleek look that narrowed the foot. Men’s sartorial dress code claims that a sock should reflect the color of a pant thus lengthening the leg. This was not the case as bright orange socks were worn under black pants and which matched the equally bright coloring on the crocodile shoes which lengthened and narrowed the foot which was likely Van Noten’s intent. Of course, the styling on the runway rarely gets put into practice but when it does, it get photographed by street style paparazzi everywhere, and if it’s good enough for the Tommy Ton then it’s good enough for anyone, so to hell with the traditional sartorial commandments.
This attitude is exactly what the feeling at the show was as artists graffitied a wall but instead of painting caricatures, slang, or simply tagging the wall, these painters wrote out captions from Oscar Wilde’s poems. All of a sudden the two themes come together in an amalgamation of beauty in words, and present day styling both in the artists medium (spray painting and wall art) and in the Dries Van Noten Fall 2012 collection. Dries said the theme was “psychedelic elegance” and looking at some of the prints inspired by the Dutch artist Gijs Frieling (which seemed very surrealistic) and the tight knit tailoring there was once again a bringing together of two worlds.
Traditionally known for his artistically inclined collection the Fall 2012 menswear line is a step beyond what has been seen and a step in to the future of menswear and the Dries Van Noten line.