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Dries Van Noten AW13

The modernist relaxing into bohemia for his free, spirited collection

Part paisley, part Persian carpet adventure, Dries Van Noten moved away from his modernist army experiment of Spring Summer to a softer – albeit heavier and darker – collection of thrown together bohemia. 

This was a downer in the best possible way, as Kid Koala’s scratchy trip hop soundtrack amplified. If we’re seeing the 70s return on other catwalks, here it was more about a patchouli-scented free spirit rather than bell-bottoms or big collars; the Dries man as a recluse in pyjamas, scarves-cum-jackets and dressing gowns, with painted denim jeans, at odds with the world when he ventures out. It was glorious and poetic – and everyday life would benefit from a bit of that romance.

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