There’s no resting on laurels for this creative mind. Dries Van Noten managed to impress the crowd with his magic once again with his latest Fall 2015 collection—and the entire fashion-invested world let out a harmonized gasp of awe and approval. A few present at the runway show even added a bit of hooting and whistling during the finale. Our own Senior Fashion Director Tomoko Ogura noted (via @BarneysNYofficial Instagram) “goose bumps throughout the show and finale.” That’s a bold statement for someone who’s spent the last month in market, reviewing endless collections, including this very same Fall ’15 Dries Van Noten set seen for the second time today.
“I was lucky enough to have seen this collection in advance with the Barneys buying team in Antwerp and loved it then. But when you see Dries work his magic on the runway, he has the ability to inspire you all over again,” gushed Ogura. “It’s as if I was seeing the collection the first time.” With independent women as the underlying inspiration and an eclectic playlist of female powerhouses including Destiny’s Child, Björk, Blondie, Rihanna, and Missy Elliott—not to mention front-row-goers Jane Birkin and Anne Hidalgo, the mayor of Paris—it’s easy to get caught up in the excitement.
And then there were the clothes. This season, the rich, worldly aesthetic we’ve come to love and expect from the clash-master himself was elevated by that extraordinary, confident woman he clearly had in mind when designing the collection. These wearable creations pushed the clever mash-up boundaries with a mix of couture textiles and casual chino fabrics, the combinations of sparkle and unexpected muted and tawny color, and the small yet impressive details that brought it all together.
The Dries Van Noten shownotes buzz phrase, “grounded glamour,” was brought to life in the finale when all the models paraded down the catwalk as a unified front, yet each one channeled a unique take on that special lavish-meets-essential style. Ladies, get ready for fall—in Dries’s world, you own it.