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  • Dries Van Noten a/w 2014-15 collection


  • Dries Van Noten a/w 2014-15 collection


  • Bridget Riley


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Dries Van Noten and his Op-Art inspired a/w 2014-15 collection

One the eve of the opening of his exhibition at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris that aims to offer an intimate journey into his creative process, Dries Van Noten recently showed his latest womenswear collection in Paris. Titled “Coutorama”, the collection was heavily inspired by the black and white geometric patterns of English painter Bridget Riley, one of the leading exponents of Op-Art. Riley’s works were exploring the dynamism of sight, producing a disorienting effect on the eye, and her legacy remains alive and vibrant in Dries Van Noten’s elegant mix of edgy rave-culture references and potent graphics that produce a sensation of movement. What’s more, the dynamism of the psychedelic geometric forms was intelligently juxtaposed with soft floral motifs and hand painted details in an inspiring mix. The color palette included some fresh touches of orange, canary yellow, navy, pink, gray, black and silver. As always, there was also present a subtle masculine feel as well as diverse athletic touches like jackets and trousers with zippers and parachute details.

“I wanted to do color, I wanted to do fun, so we called it ‘Coutorama,’” Van Noten said during a preview to WWD. “It’s sharp lines of graphic motifs, it’s acids, it’s raves.” This is not the first time that the designer finds inspiration for his collections in art, since he has been influenced in the past by Anthony van Dyck, Victor Vasarely, Francis Bacon, Elizabeth Peyton or Damien Hirst, with some amazing results. “Coutorama” collection couldn’t be an exception and its Op-Art oeuvre, its kaleidoscopic prints and oversized volumes, its eclectic touches and its perfect mix of the high and the low, the urban and the elegant, really stole the spotlight during Paris Fashion Week.