Push­ing the boundaries of em­bel­lish­ment in menswear, Dries Van Noten en­sures the boys get their share of flair

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Boys get their share of flair as de­sign­ers push the boundaries

Dries Van Noten called time on womenswear’s own­er­ship of em­bel­lish­ment with an au­tum­n­win­ter col­lec­tion that em­braced studs, gems and metallic em­broi­dery and yet was any­thing but ef­fem­i­nate. Tack­ling the uni­form trend of the sea­son, the de­signer em­ployed the sil­very em­bel­lish­ment tech­niques seen in the cos­tumes of the Miao tribe to cre­ate heav­ily adorned shirts, jumpers and coats that ex­uded a sub­tle splendour. For those still hes­i­tant to dec­o­rate them­selves, take note: Van Noten off­set the shim­mer with an air of no­madic non­cha­lance—coats were lay­ered over other coats, which were lay­ered over kilts, which were worn over trousers (con­fused yet?), while jack­ets were re­versed to show their quilted lin­ings. A muted colour scheme en­sured the look was less Liberace and more Black Rock City. The ver­dict? Keep cuts ca­sual and colour pal­ettes tonal, but other than that, adorn with aban­don.

MAN GEMS Clock­wise from top: Back­stage at Dries Van Noten; bag by Louis Vuit­ton; shoe by Ports 1961; look by Burberry Pror­sum

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