Dries Van Noten is a designer that grown women dream of. By that I mean me, obviously. One. Day. But I know I’m not alone. His lust-worthy designs in luxurious fabrics and rich colour combinations ooze timelessness and individuality. There’s a brilliant feature on the the 58-year-old Belgian designer in the FT’s How To Spend It, where Van Noten talks business (still independent, still based in Antwerp after all these years) and downtime spent jam-making with fruit from his own garden. Mmm, the good life…
These catwalk photos are from this month’s autumn/winter 2017 Dries Van Noten show. The 100th runway collection was celebrated with an array of models of various ages who had all walked for the designer before. Famous faces from the 1990s like Cecilia Chancellor, Nadja Auermann and Amber Valetta, now in their 40s and 50s. Designing for women of all ages is something Van Noten mentions in the FT feature:
“I love to tell a story, but I don’t want to make costumes. It has to be contemporary and for all ages. We have 16-year-old customers, we have 75-year-old customers; my mother is dressed only in my collection. But I also want to move on, to surprise myself and to have fun with it.”
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