WHO IS WHO: Dries van Noten

One of the favorites, “Antwerp Six” on the world stage.

One of the “Antwerp Six” – a group of Belgian designers who transformed the city into the epicenter of avant-garde fashion in the 1980s, Dries van Noten celebrated the 25th anniversary of its work in 2010. This is not short term, taking into account that the company on a full self-financing and that all of the “Antwerp Six” only two, he and Ann Demeulemeester, achieved outstanding role in the industry.

While thoughtful, intelligent quality developed in the distinctive feature of Belgian designers, Van Noten constantly interspersed it with what Vogue calls the “poetic, ethnic and eclectic” aesthetics. His commitment to it remains unchanged thanks to its skilled and dynamic prints, intricate embroidery and tailoring comfortable. The typical image of his models include colorful dress robe, blouse with irises and loose sweater over trousers or a skirt in a contrasting performance.

Feeling restraint prevails in his model, and no wonder, since Van Noten is known for his calm nature. He grew up literally surrounded by fashion, since both his parents owned boutiques. As a boy, he often accompanied his father on trips to the purchase of collections in Milan, Dusseldorf, Paris. After studying design at the Antwerp Royal Academy of Fine Art Van Noten he debuted with his collection on show in London. Shop Barneys New York bought his first collection as a whole, and in the same year the designer was able to open its first tiny shop in Antwerp.

Today the House of Dries Van Noten has five boutiques, and the brand is sold in 500 stores around the world. In 2008, the Board of Designers of America (Council of Fashion Designers of America) Awards honored the International designer. He still lives and works in Antwerp.

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