dries van noten
A member of the Antwerp Six collective, Dries Van Noten graduated from the prestigious Antwerp Fashion Academy in 1980 and launched his eponymous label six years later. The purchase of his debut collection by Barney’s New York marked the beginning of Van Noten’s international success. The womenswear range is best known for its silk satin dresses that hang beautifully on the body with a trademark dropped waistline, covered in bold prints ranging from leopard to floral in an array of jewel tones and deep saturated colors. With women swooning over his designs, Van Noten had men joining the bandwagon with the launch of his menswear collection in 1991. The same ethnical-world-traveller aesthetic from his womenswear collection was applied to men with the juxtaposition of different fabrics, prints and colors creating a contrast that is visually enticing and beatnik, but with restraint and an understated mode.