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