Saturday, 6 July 2013

Spring & Blooming - Dries Van Noten SS14 Mens

I've been extremely interested in this Belgian superstar's designs since focusing on menswear. The brand has such an interesting story. I came across this label a few years ago looking at magazines of the runway. The label does not believe in haute couture nor does Dries Van Noten advertise. One of the most important ways he creates interesting pieces is through innovative prints and exquisitely put together looks on the runway. Although this season is more about giving a spin on the florals, it nonetheless is impressive by mixing up the modesty and overtly blossoming nature of floral prints. All the looks are posted here.

Outerwear is always very memorable and the palette chosen by Dries Van Noten is very bohemian which works very well with the flowers. The jackets and blazers work really well with layering. I really love the discrete prints and the panels of florals. The structure of the jackets are also closely fitted to give a very well put together look. The explosion of flowers with an earthy palette makes the looks much more interesting and sophisticated.

Discrete prints and textures work well either in contrast with boastful patterns or with simple blocks. The sweater has a very interesting print and buttons, working well with the shorts in the total look. The large sewn on flower is great, creating texture and pattern. Also, the white shirt is nice, as a move away from a plain white shirt. The round sunglasses here work well with the florals and a very simple loose fitting shirt works well with the modest floral pants. Floral belts are great additions too.

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