PARIS, Jan 25, 2009 / FW/ — On the first day of the Paris menswear shows, Dries Van Noten set the tone, not only for his collection but also for the season – ‘Restraint Modernity’ – which happened to be the title of his collection.
With Dries Van Noten, it is always hard to choose the pieces that define the collection. His catwalk presentations are always well edited. A visit to his showroom verifies that, especially when you are presented with the total collection that occupies two floors.
Hence, when you try to do the percentages with what was shown on the runway and what was actually available, you have to accept that the Belgian designer practiced a lot of restraint when he was deciding what goes on the runway and which ones stay.
The double-breasted suits, the belted coats, the sleeveless vest, the cardigan with asymmetrical placket and the quilted pinstripe coat cut like a suit jacket; Dries Van Noten dressed the men of the hour – from the Harvard Law student to the intern in the White House to the politicians at Capitol Hill.
Actually, the Wall Street executives and the bankers will also find this collection the perfect wardrobe to meet their clients and the press – respectable looking without being overtly expensive.
The Fall 2009 / Winter 2010 collection a moment of change. Always on the cutting edge of fashion, Dries Van Noten hit the perfect pitch this season, making him a fashion leader and an agent of change.
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