Above: looks from Dries Van Noten’s current Spring 2013 collection

Dries Van Noten won’t show his Fall 2013 collection until tomorrow, but Barneys New York buyer Leah Kim was invited for an exclusive first look beforehand. Below, she shares some memories and snapshots from her visit… 

Twice a year, a few lucky fashionistas around the globe get to take a first peek at the beautiful Dries Van Noten collection in the charming city of Antwerp. These few lucky ones also get to see the designer himself at work. I am one of them!

For his Fall 2013 collection, Dries Van Noten was inspired by Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers in “Top Hat” and figure skating and ballroom dancing clothes. Think feathers, feathers, and feathers…and lots of sparkles! “Heaven, I’m in heaven, and my heart beats so that I can hardly speak…”

Vintage TV monitors playing “Cheek to Cheek” from “Top Hat”; the grey skies of Antwerp; calligraphy by Brody Neuenschwander hanging in the Dries Van Noten showroom.