Dries Van Noten Plays with Patterns for FW18

Dries Van Noten Plays with Patterns for FW18

The designer brought bold abstract prints to our everyday wardrobe staples at Paris Fashion Week Men's.

The designer brought bold abstract prints to our everyday wardrobe staples at Paris Fashion Week Men's.

Photography: Schohaja

Text: AJ Longabaugh

Dries Van Noten's newest collection presents an array of insanely vibrant jackets, some sensible yet intricate crochet work, and a pop of classic western flair. This 117-piece presentation is a modern portrait of the current Van Noten, whose epic body of work continues to produce an unpredictable and fresh aesthetic and styling all within his distinctive taste.

This collage of a collection uses mixed patterns and shape that avoid becoming absurd and instead reaches a pleasant, avant-garde sweet spot. The patterns chosen here all feel familiar, using brown-hued plaid as the base for several jackets and trousers, and bold abstract animal prints like the tiger-striped sweater and grey snakeskin overcoat. A number of the pieces include traditional western shoulder embroidery and stitching as well as the familiar fringe completing a look. The most excitable moment is when an army of colorfully splashed coats and jackets file down the runway, each uniquely presenting a new scheme and shape after the next; some feel like a chemical reaction with others appearing more galactic.

This remarkable finale speaks incredible amounts of truth and vision behind the master that is Dries Van Noten, a designer who leaves no room for conjectures and that proudly and meticulously sets aside the goal or need for trendsetting. Bravo, Mr. Van Noten.

Go behind-the-scenes at the show below.

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