"There was something perfect about the finish. The colours were bound with a bi-coloured cording that matched the label, the buttonholes were exquisitely turned, the buttons themselves were made specially for the shirt. When you deal with Dries Van Noten you enter a world that is entirely his own creation; that's what makes it so special."
- Lucille Lewin (founder of Whistles)
I can't even begin to describe the way I feel about Dries Van Noten. Every season I'm continually impressed by the effortless silhouettes, intricate textiles and colour palettes. The Spring Summer 2013 collection which just premiered at Paris fashion week is no exception.
I am lucky enough to own a few Dries Van Noten pieces (mostly from my time at Belinda), and find that I wear them constantly, despite being years old. That is the thing about Dries, it truly is timeless. The Dries Van Noten woman never changes, she is just constantly inspired by new things - film, culture, places. I did a research project on the designer not long ago and found some great books on the label like Dries Van Noten : Shape, Print and Fabric and Belgian Fashion Design.
Another favourite is Mono.Kultur vol.20 from 2009 - Van Noten himself tends to shy away from the spotlight which is why this issue of is so special - a full publication dedicated solely to an interview with the designer. The interview is split up into sections, each dealing with a particular theme. I love the explanation of new collections and the inspiration behind them - Van Noten creates “a character” every season, finding the range comes together quite naturally. He also explains his fascination with traditional elements, textiles and fine detailing.
Another chapter looks at artistic inspiration and the technical process involved with producing textiles. For one particular collection Van Noten used then-new digital prints printed on silk. The processes Van Noten uses are very precise and intricate, getting the fabric right is one of the most important parts in creating the collection. This comes across clearly in Spring Summer 13 where floral prints are mixed with plaid and textures range from sheer silks to heavy applique.
On an end note, I'll leave you with my favourite quote from Dries - “enjoy your life, fashion is not so important”.
1. Pencil & watercolour illustration by me looking at Dries SS13, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8. Dries SS13 via style.com, 4. Mono.Kultur vol.20 photographed by me, 6. My Dries shoe collection photographed by me
A little peek at what I have been doing for the last few weeks - mostly paintings, collages and essays for UNI as well as working on a few photo-shoots and some great freelance projects with Rohan. Can't wait to share these with you!
Our latest post for Vogue Spy Style featuring our photos from the Louis Vuitton store during Fashion's Night Out. I'm crazy about Vuitton's collaboration with artist Yayoi Kusama - her Infinity Mirror Rooms have been a great inspiration for my current body of work. More on that to come soon...
Inspired by the “passion and purity” of German dancer Pina Bausch’s work - Tome SS 13 sees their signature silk slips, over-sized, structured silhouettes and metallic textiles re-worked into a collection I wish I was wearing right now.
Last week I got a lovely surprise from Mychameleon - a beautifully wrapped box containing an Organic by John Patrick white cotton top and the Mychameleon Spring Summer 12/13 lookbook which I designed. It's always the best feeling to see a finished job printed!
The timing couldn't be better as I have been admiring these images from the Organic by John Patrick SS13 show which just premiered at New York Fashion Week. The silhouettes are all so wearable - I'm particularly a fan of the relaxed summer coats paired with either a dress or a more structured outfit underneath. In the meantime I'm waiting for this trench coat to arrive, looks like just what I'm after...
Wes Anderson is a genius, plain and simple. Ro and I are so excited to see Moonrise Kingdom on Saturday, but in the meantime it's time to reflect on a classic, The Royal Tenenbaums. This was the first Anderson film I ever saw and still remains my favourite. The opening, which features the song Hey Jude by The Beatles and introduces the Tenenbaum family, is one of my most loved film intros of all time. You become fully immersed in the world of the characters and every detail has been attended to. I particularly love the stylistic quality of all Anderson's films including the typography, wardrobe, colours and sets. Not to mention the brilliant (and consistent) casting, Bill Murray, Owen & Luke Wilson and Angelica Huston all help bring this film to life, and they feature in a few of his other films as well.
I still remember the first time I saw this, thinking all I wanted to wear was a big tan coat and lots of black eyeliner like Margot Tenenbaum - some things never change.