21st June 2019

Dries Van Noten Menswear 2020 Review

Dries Van Noten makes a bold “Floral Statement” in his latest show for menswear 2020. By Chidozie Obasi

Dries Van Noten and his conspicuous Spring/Summer 2020 collection forged an all-encompassing array of lustrous motifs, photographic prints and a remarkable dashing palette, accentuating a ‘70s-infused new collection.

Lavish florals weren’t the only patterns chosen by Dries’ experienced eye for catwalk exposure: the pieces featured an eclectic yet catchy array of motifs such as complementary zebra prints, tiger camo, plaids, stripes and leopard spots; all of which punctuated the show at the right intervals. However, it was the floral detailing that clearly stood at the core of the collection, with sunflowers, hibiscuses and lilies dancing on pieces in bright tonalities and enriching the majority of the tailored staples.

Everything buzzed with a refined sense of sartorial slickness blended with tonal playfulness.  The season’s menswear trend of mixed-up psychedelic colours occasionally detonated on the catwalk, even as it was tempered by pairing them with the neutrality featured in the white trousers and trench coat pieces that quenched the minimalist craving of the label’s faithful consumers.  The understated double-breasted six and eight-button blazers and suits, tailored to perfection, stood out throughout the show and provided a welcome contrast to the clash of colours and prints, while also complementing and elevating classic pieces like the nylon coats and understated vests.  Another important and decorative men’s collection from Belgium’s favourite designer.


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