(Paris) In the middle of the World Cup, Belgian designer Dries Van Noten has repurposed rugby stripes in his women’s collection where the pumps are worn with socks for a casual look.
The collection presented on Wednesday on the top floor of a disused building – which the designer favors for his fashion shows – was designed as clothing “for every day that you can wash in the machine”, but where nothing is in its place , he explained backstage at the parade.
The codes are inspired by sportswear from the 20s, but “everything is turned upside down”: we find stripes on asymmetrical dresses, tennis scarves are transformed into knitted tops and are reworked into the drape of a skirt.
A beige striped jacket with a white collar and decorated with sequins is worn over a denim skirt. The tennis stripes of an open shirt over a matching bra mix with the stripes of elastic waist pants and a tuxedo.
Navy blue, beige: the colors of the suits are sober: “I didn’t want the colors to take over the shapes,” explains Dries Van Noten, king of prints who mixes them in improbable ways, to AFP.
This season, he favors suits with Bermuda shorts, worn casually.
Some outfits that look like swimsuits are hidden under long coats.
The designer had fun playing with “narrowed” volumes like on certain shorts or “really oversized” on jackets.
Embellishment is found where you least expect it: most of the clothes are simple, but the shoes are adorned with stones and crystals.
The pumps have exaggerated points and curved heels and are worn with socks. “I like that ‘I don’t care’ look,” Dries Van Noten told AFP. “Now is not the time to be sad and serious,” he concludes.