Runway Report: Dries Van Noten AW18

Dries Van Noten, known for his bold brocade prints, often garish 3D fabrics and buxom-yet-feminine shapes bring to closets personality and character. For Fall 2018, his did not disappoint; instead, he upped the ante and offered up a platter of gold accents, neon brocade, printed silk, modern-day checks and plenty of outfit inspiration to last a lifetime.

Drawing inspiration from art, Dries sent down the runway wearable shapes with a twist. First came the camel colored blouse with a drawstring neckline, tucked into a navy and gold brocade pencil skirt, followed by an ethereal printed, oversized trench coat in beige and ultraviolet. Dries girls are not faint-hearted, and although the collection always includes pieces everyone can wear, when you’re shopping this label you’re buying it for that statement-making goal. Much can be said about the yeti-like greige textured coat, styled over a mustard and rust turtleneck, and neon and burgundy pencil skirt – a look that could make the traffic stop in its tracks!

We often look forward to the Dries Van Noten show, as it reminds us of the element of escapism that fashion offers. It should be noted that the Fall 2018 collection came down a traditional runway, unlike most designers who now opt-in for an experiential show. But when the clothing is an experience itself, you don’t really need lights, confetti, popcorn, or floral arrangements hanging from the rafters, do you?

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Jillian Magenheim is the Editorial Director and Director of Partnerships for She is also a digital media consultant for various fashion and beauty brands. You can follow her thoughts on Twitter @Magenhaz and on Instagram @jillianrose_m