Dries Van Noten Spring 2014 Collection

Posted on September 27, 2013

Dries Van Noten Spring 2014 Collection





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  • Latin Buddy

    Wow. Project Runway Challenge. Only materials are those from the “Trimmings Room”

    • The PR Trimmings Room must look a lot like my grandmother’s recycled giftwrapping box.

    • Danielle

      Or Candy Spelling’s wrapping room.

  • Clueless_Jock

    It’s a bit batty but insanely chic. I love Dries.

  • hughman

    I’m afraid to comment in case @DriestheLush is reading this and then will go on Twitter and accuse me of being a COWARD. Yikes!

    • Imasewsure

      I’m sure you are allowed to rip up other people’s stuff… just not After School Special’s

  • KayEmWhy

    Some SOME of the florals aren’t bad.

    • raeb23

      I agree. Some prints in the middle are pretty but the pleats & ruffles that seem to be on everything else are so unflattering!

  • That 8th one down is insane. Galadriel’s maternity dress?

    • Pudgy Possum

      I really don’t know how that one made it onto the runway! As soon as I saw that, I gasped–in horror.

    • ankali

      That… thing… makes the model look like an RV.

  • H2olovngrl

    I wanted to like this, but it seems to be just so overwrought, and the pieces that aren’t are kind of a bore.

    • barbarienne

      You nailed my reaction in one sentence. Either “what is that?” or “yawn.”

  • Well, the art dealers and eccentric architects of the world should be thrilled. Not sure about who else.

    • Synnae

      Me. Loads of items that are highly wearable in daily life if styled slightly differently. And yes, some stuff is a gift wrapping room explosion but it is not majorly fug. And the shoes (as usual) are great!

      • Would you consider yourself an artistic person? I imagine so much of this on the designers I used to work for. One in particular always had an amazing flare and talent for pairing funky pieces with classics. I always thought her quite bold and interesting.

        • Synnae

          I do the same, usually one statement piece combined with classics. And I mix high street chains, high-end designers and vintage. I wouldn’t say I am very artistic (at least compared to my artist friends and family members) but I do love fashion and art, I know how to work a sewing machine and have always loved dressing up. I think it is less about being artistic and more about knowing your personal style and having the attitude that goes with it.

  • Sara Brams-Miller

    I would outfit myself in one piece of Dries on a daily basis if I could. That black suit is making me swoon.

    • editrixie

      Me too. My favorite designer — I love the way he cuts things, and his patterns are often batshit crazy but I love the fact that he doesn’t look at them like anyone else out there. Isn’t that black floral coat amazing?

      I have two pairs of Dries shoes – sandals with an iridescent aqua-green leather, and brown ankle boots with a tortoiseshell heel. They are my pride and joys.

  • rebeemoon

    I can’t with the pleated ruffly explosions or the barbed wire prints. But the tulip trench coat is sort of lovely.

    • mlle

      The barbed wire print looks like tree branches to me.

  • Some of this looks like the designer repurposed a Christmas tree from The mid-70’s

  • BayTampaBay

    Lots of great pieces that I could and would wear a million different ways.

  • kirkyo

    I guess randomly placed trims, ruffles and other accoutrements is a thing this year but some of this is just…like how do you explain the last four other than that’s just silly?

    • demidaemon

      You must have excellent blinders. Silly wasn’t what came to mind. More like “so ugly my eyes are burning.”

  • Imasewsure

    Wow so much of this is ASS… I like a lot of the floral stuff in the middle. Kind of love the gold skirt with the black & white print top but a lot of the showy stuff just looks weird for weird’s sake. .

  • barbarienne

    I just can’t with the ruffles. Holy mother of god, those are a lot of ruffles, in weird places and weird proportions.

  • MilaXX

    Not crazy about the pieces that look made out of gold tinsel and wrapping paper, but there are some nice pieces in this collection. That red/black coat & red/black bag in the middle need to be in my closet now.

  • Kelly

    Too many ruffles and other distracting frippery. But I like some of the more tailored pieces. And barbed-wire print! For some reason, I’m loving that.

  • NoveltyRocker

    This is like if your mom, who’s been a working professional through three straight decades in an artsy/teachy field, get’s put on a TLC reality show where a stylist reworks and updates her look using only the pieces in her actual closet. Like that HGTV show where they’d rearrange your living room furniture in a new way for a brand new space for zero dollars. And at the end of the episode we see a variety of looks that are sort of interesting and different but after all the exciting filming wraps, everything still amounts to your mom’s old clothes.

    • SewingSiren

      I think you put your finger squarely on it. Which probably why I like the collection.

  • eandh99

    well, some very nice coats and the shoes are inoffensive, that’s about all I can say in favour.

  • MaggieMae

    I almost did not continue after seeing the first look. I like some of the coats. I’d like to shake the designer and say “Do more of THIS! LESS of that! And, NEVER do that & that again in your entire career!”

    • demidaemon


  • JasmineAM

    That gold baroque-ish skirt is so gorgeous. I think I like the shades more than 90% of the clothes here.

  • ChelseaNH

    So is this who Alexandria wants to be when she grows up?

    • demidaemon

      I didn’t see any drop-crotch pants, so I would say this is maybe a third of who she wants to be when she grows up.

  • MzzPants

    Peppered with great pieces. Some of the floral prints made me drool.

  • mlle

    I’m definitely having a lot of feelings about this, but there’s so much in there that I can’t quite figure out whether I think it’s brilliant, insane, awesome, awful, or somehow all of the above.

  • manina

    Really! There is absolutely nothing I like. Was that a barbed wire print? Where did this designer go for inspiration? The barb wire wall between the US and Mexico?

  • allcapsERINN

    It’s like Pier 1 Imports threw up all over the runway. (But I like the tulips.)

  • crash1212

    Yuck. Christmas decorations gone awry.

  • PinkySlinky

    man, it’s gonna be a gold lame season (common thread through too many shows)…

  • Erica_Vuitton

    I love the satin jacket with the tulip print but that’s about it.

  • jjtxgrrl


    Most of us normal sized women (under 6′ tall and over size 4) could never wear any of these. A lot of it is unflattering on the models!

    ….but isn’t that usually the case?

  • Meredith

    “TRIBAL”. I like.

  • sleepycat

    High-end Project Runway. The prints are nice, but ultimately though it is not working for me.

  • conniemd

    Mixed feelings. But larger sized women could wear the baggy pants, tunic tops and jackets and look good. A lot of the looks made me gak as over designed, but others made me look a second or a third time as really interesting.

  • joything

    What is it with the dangling strings this year? They’ve showed up in more than one couture collection. I keep seeing them getting caught in car doors, revolving doors, the crease between the seat cushion and the chair back …

  • Trickytrisha

    Sorry, I find about 60% of this ludicrous.

  • GillianHolroyd

    Wow, I love most of these. Not the pleated circles but his use of ethnic textiles is wonderful. How much fun would it be to work for him?!

  • Constant Reader

    Every woman with any pretensions to style needs an animal-printed Members Only jacket, amirite?

  • ThesisMonkey

    i cannot abide any kind of tassel.

  • Jacquelyn

    The gold skirt is interesting, though it needs to be taken up several inches.

    What is with fringey tassel?

  • quiltrx

    I honestly don’t really care for most of this, and the last segment looks very ‘craft project’. Some of the textiles are quite nice, but the color palette is really not my thing. The tulip prints are really nice.

  • bertkeeter

    Yes, PLEASE make me look the size of a BARN!

  • ankali

    Wow, I really like this. The super-ruffled stuff isn’t my cup of tea, but the separates are just wonderful: eye-catching, sexy-slouchy, versatile, and chic.

  • demidaemon

    Some of these models are quite…androgynous, no? Also, this collection varies from “hmm..” to “OMG! WTF is this hideousness?!”

  • decormaven

    The colors don’t read spring to me. Some of the embellishments give the effect of mushrooms sprouting from the body. Not what was intended, yes?

  • AceOn6

    Stuff we’ve seen before with shit attached to it to glam it up. Great work Dries.

  • R. L.

    UGLY. It looks like a PR challenge where everyone went to the gift shop for unconventional materials in a one day challenge. Hell, I’d take PR challenge clothes over this mess.

  • miscorrections

    China Chow should take one of everything.

  • lilazander

    Sorry, maybe I’ ignorant… Some of those puffy skitrs are just fugly, and the mustard yellows look like vomit.