Runway Report: Dries Van Noten Fall 2015

Dries Van Norten did it for the independent ladies during Wednesday’s AW15 show. Playing upbeat pop tracks from female leaders – including Rihanna’s Rude Boy, Missy Elliot’s Get Your Freak On and Kate Bush’s Running Up That Hill – his aptly titled “Grounded Glamour” collection was a celebration of “a symphony of cultural references”, mastered with a mash of cuts, fabrics and layers.

In true Dries Van Norten form, the classic boho-chic in rich colors returned, but this time in what the Beligum designer called an “unconventional way”. Red and gold tones of brocade were prominent during the first half of the show, featuring in apron skirts and snug jackets and jumpers. Velvet wide legged trousers and khaki pants skimmed the floor, coats were either cinched at the waist with belts ­or came with a patchwork of fur and, of course, more brocade. The mid-part of the collection took a less fussy turn with navy blue jumpers and baggy pants that were bought to life with sequins, but what was most apparent were the layers – clearly a fundamental concept of tieing the whole collection together.

And while all 69 looks were impressive, accessories stole a few seconds too; the oversized floral corsage worn as necklaces being a particular favorite.

About the Author

Unsah splits her time between being a social media editor for a newspaper's travel desk and freelancing as a journalist and social media specialist. She spends half of her life on Twitter and Instagram – @unsahmalik – and the other half encouraging others to spend more time on their Twitter and Instagram.