Who is the Dries Van Noten woman? Someone who is elegant, well-travelled and intellectual no doubt - but really, who is she? This seemed to be the question Van Noten was asking us, or asking us to ask rather, at his A/W 2013 showing.
The Dries Van Noten woman is smart and knows her design. In my view she is someone who enjoys a good cut and a stylish wardrobe that may not conform to feminine ideals. True to the spirit of invention, she will appreciate his newly created cable knitted dresses with ostrich feathered fringing as much as his embroidered dresses and artistic coats in a collection inspired by Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. But most of all, this woman will appreciate the light touch that seems to pervade the entire collection, from the tailored suits to the tiered floral printed dresses and skirts. As someone who knows how to work a masculine look, she is definitely the epitome of sophistication in the world of fashion.