Dries Van Noten AW19

September 4th, 2019

After viewing Dries (2017), the film depicting the life and work of renowned Belgian designer Dries Van Noten, it was not the man himself that audiences were buzzing most about. Or even his clothes. It was in fact, the screen-time devoted to his garden.

Van Noten’s garden is haphazard in its wildness; daisies creep up a bubbling concrete fountain splotched in moss, roses and hyacinths waver in and out of each others space, competing. But it is also a garden lush in its surroundings; think sprawling lawns with manicured box hedges.

In the film, we see the garden act as a respite for Van Noten. It’s where he heads to on his days or evenings off, bringing back bundles to dutifully arrange in his living room, still designing. And it’s where he headed to for inspiration for his AW19 collection.

Dangling the flowers via their heads with pieces of string, he photographed them floating against coloured pieces of paper, photos which were then cast onto clothing, as prints; roses and leaves complete with their shadows and blemishes.

“For me the flowers couldn’t be romantic,” he said. “I didn’t want to have sweet flowers. At the end of the season you have mildew, black spots. You see all the flowers have imperfections.”

With two out of three deliveries of his collection now here at Poepke, witness or wear the perfect imperfection of his garden yourself.

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