Dries Van Noten fans had quite a treat today when the designer presented his Fall 2017 collection at Paris fashion week. The show was the designers 100th, and to mark the occasion, he revisited old prints and fabrics for the base of his wares, but updated them by overprinting and embroidering, thereby taking something old and making it new again. As an added bonus, those in attendance received booklets that featured the original prints, creating a frame of reference.
Between the concept behind the collection and the delightful ephemera handed out (seriously, those little books might go down in fashion history), it was a nuanced way of celebrating a milestone, while not getting lost in nostalgia.
For those of us who were unable to make it to the show, and who are experiencing pangs of jealously (as this editor is, while watching her boss’ Instagrams from the event), may we take this moment to remind you that the documentary Dries will be released soon?
Directed and produced by Reiner Holzemer (who has also crafted documentaries on the likes of Anton Corbijn and Juergen Teller), the film follows Van Noten for an entire year, covering the creation of the four collections the designer releases annually, including the ever-important production of fabrics and textiles. Dries also looks at the designer’s home life, and features interviews with Iris Apfel (who appears in the trailer), Suzy Menkes, and Pamela Golbin.
“This film offers an insight into the life, mind, and creative heart of a master fashion designer who, for more than 25 years, has remained independent in a landscape of fashion consolidation and globalization,” explains the movie’s official website.
Sure, it’s no cute little information notebook filled with gorgeous patters, and it’s nowhere near as cool as attending an actual Dries Van Noten show, but we’ll take what we can get.
Dries will be unveiled to the world at CPH: DOX (the Copenhagen International Documentary Film Festival) on March 18.