Dries Van Noten is always a highlight of Paris; disappointment is not a possibility. And once again, for F/W10 the designer showed his incredible ability to transition tradition into something new, mixing Belgian, English and American influences into what is—season after season—the new classic.
Models carried their own sound systems: little radios blasting rock, hip hop or New Wave, a soundtrack that mirrored the collection’s eclectic elements. Contrasting sleeves and fabrics clashed, as red or blue English club stripes met military textiles or tweed. The unbelievable assortment of stunning trench coats rendered picking a favorite impossible. One thing, those searching for the house’s usual folkloric patterns won’t be pleased. This season is more about cut and structure, confirming that Van Noten is one of the last of the Belgians standing.