Dries Van Noten - Antwerp-based designer with a dynamic blend of contrasting prints and textures.
Dries van Noten is the designer who is revered to have put Belgium on the global fashion map. He belonged to the rule-breaking Antwerp Six collective, a group of six designers who graduated from Antwerp’s Royal Academy of Fine Arts during the ’80s and made a splash all across London. He is the third generation in a family of designers and tailors who launched his own eponymous label in 1986. Dries van Noten started off with exquisitely crafted menswear that amassed customers from all over Europe. With design in his DNA, over the next decades Dries van Noten grew his label into the boho luxurious house that we know today. He did so while trademarking the cast for the commercially successful independent designer. The creative freedom that came with this independence was what gave Dries van Noten an edge over other heritage houses.
Dries van Noten’s collections follow a straightforward design philosophy, they are created to be worn. These highly anticipated Ready to Wear collections are characterized by bright colors, prints, and a lot of layering. Appealing to a niche fashion cult, Dries van Noten features an intelligent design that is engineered into free-spirited edits. Staying true to their ‘wearable’ philosophy, Dries van Noten’s latest collections have ascribed to the zeitgeist and are now designed for streetwear. Printed coordinates, functional shorts, ruffled skirts, wide-legged pants and color blocked socks that have now become iconic to the label, comprise Dries van Noten’s latest collections.
Venturing out into the accessories market, Dries van Noten has carved a name for itself with structured but at the same time whimsical jewellery, millinery, belts and bags. The tote with quilted handle has gained an It bag status owing to the fame it has amassed on Instagram. It is a compact padded bag that is available in a wide array of leathers and printed satins that are quintessential to Dries van Noten’s aesthetic.
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