It’s not often I get enamoured with clothes so maximalist in design. But it’s not often I encounter design visionaries as creative and meticulous as Dries Van Noten. To say I was wowed by the designer’s Ophelia-inspired SS15 collection, shown last night in Paris, would probably be the understatement of the season. Each look that floated down the mossy, golden-lit catwalk made me literally gasp out loud, so stunned I was by the brilliant use of colour and masterful layering. Certainly Van Noten has a skilled hand with fabrics, and he applied them here to the semi-precious silks, weightless chiffons, and gilded jacquards. The Antwerp-alum also happens to be an expert in ambiance and showmanship, which is a relief—a collection this rooted in fantasy deserves no less. Citing A Midsummer Night’s Dream as another jumping off point for his collection, Van Noten lined the catwalk with a plush layer of carpet that looks more like a Shakespearian forest floor than your basement rec room. The dim golden light washed everything in muted sunlight, giving the scene a dreamy, late afternoon glow. After all the looks had glided down the runway, the nymphs settled leisurely on the paradise floor, conveniently giving breathless showgoers a much-needed final look.
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