Thursday, March 2, 2006

Dries Van Noten, Fall 2006 – How Does He Do it?

-No advertising

-Very little press, especially profiles

-No mega-corp big bucks backing him

-Consistent without being repetitive

-Retail sales superstar

-Just as creative but more realistic than Yohji or Comme

-Looks good on a size 2 or 12

I don’t know how Dries does it but his success is a triumph of true/superior design talent over big money, hype, and Hollywood Trash Chic.

Although this season was not one of my all-time favorites, every time I see his show I’m reminded of why I love fashion in the first place.

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  1. p.

    March 2, 2006 at 6:45 pm

    Well I liked this collection a lot. great simple shapes, simple and very modern even with a strong vintage touch.
    And no bags and sunglasses with every outfit (I don’t understand why Galliano is so acclaimed – he seems to be more marketing executive than a designer, Dior’s show looks like accessorize section of mega store.)

  2. Maya

    March 2, 2006 at 7:53 pm

    i have to agree that this collection wasn’t his best (summer ’06 was AMAZING) but i think that has the ability to create really sofisticated clothes but give them a quirky twist which is almost bohemian feeling…
    i also think the fact that because he has little press makes him all the more desirable.The lack of overexposure always makes the clothes always feel fresh!

  3. Alex

    March 2, 2006 at 7:56 pm

    It really is nice to see a good designer prosper in the way he does without any major conglomerate backing him.

  4. sarno

    March 2, 2006 at 10:29 pm

    i’ve loved him for years. he was doing the military-inspired thing long before “military inspired” was bandied about as innovation. i’m not crazy about the recent outsourcing of his manufacturing to slovenia, tho. same clothes, same price points, but cut and sewn in eastern europe. that’s business and it’s also b.s.

  5. Faith

    March 2, 2006 at 11:22 pm

    Good for him :)

  6. Anonymous

    March 3, 2006 at 6:29 am

    “-Looks good on a size 2 or 12″

    The clothing shown looks comfortable and appropiate for the life a real woman of any age. As you put it, “creative but more realistic…”

    Very attractive!

  7. Anonymous

    March 3, 2006 at 7:01 am

    Do you think that Dries, or anyone of the Antwerp School, would be so good if it hadn’t been for Kawakubo and Yamamoto?

  8. LA Guy

    March 3, 2006 at 9:31 am

    I’ve always loved Dries menswear stuff. Stands out, but in an understated, wearable way, great use of materials, reasonable pricepoint compared to his contemporaries (actually, it seems that most of the Belgians give more bang for the buck than anyone else). I think that F/W 2003-2004 was my favorite season. The outerwear was particularly good that season, but I think that everything was eclipsed by an amazing distressed teal blue leather double breasted short trench with a decorated lining. Really great stuff

  9. Anonymous

    March 3, 2006 at 9:55 am

    I have always loved Dries, he is so consistent and his clothing has an exotic, vintage- classic feel that never goes out of style. True collector’s items.
    Always, graceful, no hard edges, yet totally chic and sophisticated.
    Just like the man himself.
    Bravo!

  10. Kathleen

    March 3, 2006 at 10:24 am

    ‘Walking the Thin Masculine Line’
    http://www.nytimes.com/2006/03/03/fashion/shows/03FASH.html

    Dries Van Noten is mentioned in Cathy Horyn’s NYT article today.

  11. toma

    July 17, 2008 at 10:50 pm

    As a relatively impoverished youngster, I obssess over his mixed prints while my schoolmates go for the monogrammed bags.
    I love Dries.

  12. The Blasphemous Fiendess

    November 1, 2009 at 4:10 pm

    I love high waisted pants in a drapey fabric but I'm not finding them in the shops yet. Certainly not where I live anyway.

  13. Dottie

    April 7, 2012 at 9:34 pm

    Dries is a favorite along with Prada-
    They have presence & they are futuristic.
    Most of all & it is well said by this blog- you can
    be a size 2 or 12. They make it work for you & quite
    stylishly!

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