Dries Van Noten’s 100th show was an epic international reunion of 54 models who have walked for him from 1993 onwards. As he put it, “They are women who stand for what we want to say.”
The show became a mesmerizing “name that face” competition for all those who’ve idolized the great runway and magazine supermodels of the 90’s and 00’s. There were Nadja Auermann, Cecilia Chancellor, Emma Balfour, Guinevere van Seenus, Kirsten Owen, Trish Goff, Elise Crombez, Erika Wall, Esther de Jong, Alek Wek, Michele Hicks, Carolyn Murphy and Liya Kebede.
What they were wearing was a kind of retrospective, too. There was a back-catalogue of dozens of the Van Noten prints which made him famous for prints, like the English roses for Spring 1994, the chintzy wallpaper look of Spring 2000, 60’s triangles for Fall 2001, paisley for Fall 2007, ikat for Spring 2010 and the Japanese kimono print of Fall 2013. It was an impressive feat indeed!
Mixed in amongst the patterns were tailoring, well-cut pantsuits and generous coats that are perfect for a working woman. The jackets themself were a larger and boxier look and the collection itself was clothes that would last and live in wardrobes for years. There was a great navy overcoat over a camel jacket, a fur coat over a beige blazer and a handknit and brown jumbo-cord pants, for example. “I just think people are looking for realness and authenticity now,” Van Noten said.
There was stole-action, shot silk and velvet for evening, gorgeous fur coats, see-through chiffon blouses and and rich as well as gorgeous looking metallics. Kirsten Owen wore a midnight blue velvet jacket, a white shirt, an iridescent asymmetric sash and jeans, which was very trés chic!
The color scheme of the show was orange, beige, brown, white, blue, black, red, green, purple, pink, grey and peach.
At the end, the models gathered together and advanced along the runway towards the cameras.
This show was truly a great retrospective of Dries work and shows us why we are still in love with him today. He truly is one of the greatest fashion mavericks of all time!