Dries Van Noten AW14 Photo Essay

Photographer Adrian Crispin visited the Belgian designer backstage at his Grand Palais show

There are a few designers incapable of disappointing. Prada is one, Dries Van Noten is another. These are brands that are above trends, they’re beyond fashion. What they do is who they are.

As such they will never go off-piste. Sure, they can have a bad season, sure you can leave the show thinking it didn’t live up to your expectations – but these ‘bad’ collections will always be better than most other brand’s top outings. So imagine what happens when Dries delivers!

His AW14 collection was a masterpiece, an excellent exercise in subtle yet directional style. The fabrics, colours and styles all blended together – even though Dries decided to separate and colour code his finale. Groups of boys entered the Grand Palais basement defined by the colour palette of their outfit. It was as effective as it was beautiful. Yet again Dries raised the bar for his fellow Paris designers.

Text David Hellqvist
Photography Adrian Crispin