PARIS FASHION WEEK Spring/Summer 2022: DRIES VAN NOTEN
There was a Euphoric Mood at Dries Van Noten’s Rapturous Show: Let’s Get Dressed Up and Throw the Mother of all Parties!
All image and Video Credit Dries Van Noten (Still Photography Rafael Pavarotti and Film Albert Moya) and Paris Fashion Week
Dries Van Noten’s SS 2022 collection has just earned him top spot in this writer’s books for joyousness, vibrancy and unbeatable feel-good factor. Yet again Van Noten pulled a rabbit from a hat and in one foul swoop delivered an offering that was as magical as it was manic, and perfectly captured the mood of the moment. How did he know this was exactly what we all needed right now?
It’s as if Dries Van Noten had squirrelled away all the luscious design bits he could conjure up in his ingenious mind over the past months and saved them all up for one exuberant, extravagant release, a day of painting Paris Fashion Week red. Only, it wasn’t just red, it was an inebriating mix of every delirious combination and permutation under the rainbow, shaken and stirred, with a shiny cherry on top.
It was a show of epic proportions, exquisitely crafted and beautifully captured by filmmaker Albert Moya in Van Noten’s native Antwerp, filmed over three days. To say that this magic carpet ride simply took our breaths away is a gross understatement. A feverish maelstrom of rhinestones and studs, sparkly blood red lips, multi-shaded hair and glittery cerise fingernails cascaded and exploded across our screens, all to the unmistakable soundtrack of Grace Jones, the ultimate vamp and arguably most memorable femme fatale of all times, rasping “This is My Voice, My Weapon of Choice…” and ‘Slave to the Rhythm…” – a throwback straight to the mid-Eighties, a time of hedonistic, sensory and commercial indulgence, a period where excess and pleasure were key.
These are pieces for effervescent dressing up, for clubbing, for Coachella and Burning Man, for Priscilla Queen Of The Desert road trips and Vogue Italia photo shoots, for the disco and for connecting with our inner divas once again after a long period of imposed sobriety. And it feels spot-on, we’re so, so ready for this! The pendulum has swung and we want to see the back end of anything that reminds of practicality and ‘lounging’, grey track bottoms and Tees.
As for the creations that make up this maverick collection, there was much texture, copious quantities of colour and a heady mix of – to quote the designer – “visual fireworks”. There was certainly ample sparkle, shimmer and shine – in the clothes as well as make-up and hair, there was loads of deep saturated colour and pigmented dye-effects, crazy fluffy textures and extraordinary bold shapes typical of the inimitable Belgian maestro. As ever, the textiles were only to be marveled at. One of the ultimate stand-out pieces was an amazing shaggy, psychedelic technicolor (dream)coat that would no doubt have made Joseph’s brothers green with envy.
Historically a key proponent of the art of the runway show, Van Noten famously said at his AW 2021 show he was slowly warming to the idea of pre-recording his shows (the previous season saw him utilizing dancers) instead of the traditional runway to showcase his collections. The way the SS 2022collection had been curated and filmed undoubtedly added another dimension to an already extraordinary collection, it elevated this collection to the highest echelons in any fashion-forward pundit’s books, to a special place somewhere between fashion and art – a multi-faceted experience that, no doubt, will be watched over and over again.
Watch the video of Dries Van Noten’s SS 2022 show here:
It’s befitting to let the images do the rest of the talking, they certainly have much to say!
All we can add to that, is ENJOY!