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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Dries Van Noten’s Alphabet of Fashion

January 3rd, 2018

What makes Dries Van Noten’s clothes so coveted by his pockets of fans around the globe, is the wide variety of inspiration he collides together, from each of these corners.

“For me, other cultures have always been a starting point, ” he recently told Tim Blanks at a Business of Fashion forum. “But I never took things very literal. Quite often, we take one element that we like…and mix it to be something very personal.”

But in an age where the line between cultural appropriation and homage can be fine in the eyes of critics and consumers, he admits referencing other cultures has become “more difficult now” despite it being the “alphabet of his fashion”. Instead Van Noten is moving towards the art world as a springboard from which to create.

For his most recent SS18 collection, which will  land at Poepke in coming weeks, Van Noten referenced Picasso’s “Les deux demoiselles faisant leur toilette.” For this, Picasso constructed a collage of found materials, largely consisting of wallpapers featuring varying motifs, rather than his usual medium of paint. So just like the cultural references Van Noten is used to stirring together, he became captivated by Picasso’s haphazard mixes.

Van Noten took elements from the prints to create an assemblage of motifs through the decades – from surrealist lips to forties wallpaper, sixties couture flowers and bourgeois scarves straight from the seventies.

For more of Van Noten’s conversation with Tim Blanks, see below, and for more Dries Van Noten at Poepke, you can click here.


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Dries Van Noten – His career in two books.

November 16th, 2017

Those who are fans of Dries Van Noten, know about his garden. It his refuge, his inspiration, his well and his source of sustenance.  But American author Hanya Yanagihara who recently profiled Van Noten for the New York Times ‘The Greats 2017’ issue, found that for the designer with the ‘painterly eye’ this inspiration sometimes draws on the melancholic:


“Van Noten says that he and his longtime partner in both business and life, Patrick Vangheluwe, often joke that they’ll someday write a book titled ‘The Depressed Gardener,’ about all the things that can go wrong in a garden, no matter the allowances made for changing climates, unpredictable weather, rapacious insects and on and on. You plan and plan, he says, and something always goes awry anyway. The depressed gardener knows that. He also knows, however, that it is simply what happens when you try to control what cannot be controlled — to be a depressed gardener is to live in a state of constant humility. ”

A fitting metaphor for Van Noten’s career as a fashion designer Yanagihara points out.

And although ‘The Depressed Gardener’ is the book that Van Noten would like to write, here at Poepke we are excited to announce the arrival of Van Noten’s 2017 book in two parts; a retrospective of his 100 collections.

“The books delve into the fashion designer’s work and aesthetic vocabulary, documenting and capturing the spirit of each collection with more than 2000 pictures detailing everything from the runway to the backstage, from the invitations to the scenography and uncommon choice of locations.”

Books spanning a career that might even make the Depressed Gardener smile.

Dries Van Noten 1 – 100 is available to purchase in store at Poepke now.

To view pieces from Dries Van Noten’s 100th collection, click here

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Dries Van Noten – 100th show

August 14th, 2017

Dries Van Noten is a designer that has always had a cult following. The fact that his recent AW17/18 runway show was his 100th is a testament to that. Currently, Poepke is celebrating this landmark moment with new arrivals from his latest collection. Featuring celebrated prints from seasons past, each have been given a new direction with overprinting or embroidery in geometric shapes and vivid colours – think electric blue, mustard and fluorescent orange.




The collection simultaneously toasts where the label has been, and where it is headed. As Dries himself said: “This show, number one hundred, is something that makes you think about the past and the future. We sat, we talked – it was important to us, to go back to the essence, to examine the DNA and decide what we hope to take with us to the future.”

You can view the new arrivals, currently in store here.


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May 12th, 2017


Screening at this year’s Sydney Film Festival is an intimate portrait of Dries Van Noten as seen through the lens of documentary filmmaker, Reiner Holzemer.

In a world of trends and globalisation, Dries has retained his independence working with his long-term partner in life and business, Patrick Vangheluwe, for almost 30 years. Notoriously private, Dries opened his elegant home to director Holzemer’s camera. The film also takes in extravagant fashion shows, visits to his dedicated embroiderers and the studio where embellished silks and fabrics of every hue are displayed. Dries’s creative process and distinctive approach to fabrics and prints is lovingly detailed in this intimate documentary.

For ticketing information and session times, check the Sydney Film Festival site.

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Dries Van Noten Silent Archive

March 16th, 2017

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Each day, for the next 100 days, one video of a past Dries Van Noten fashion show will be posted in random order, in the ‘Silent Archive’ section of the Dries Van Noten website.

Here is the link!


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Linda Farrow

January 10th, 2017




Linda Farrow for Dries Van Noten sunglasses now in store at Poepke. 

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Dries Van Noten

October 5th, 2016







Our final delivery of Dries Van Noten’s collection has arrived, along with shoes. In store now.

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Dries Van Noten

August 18th, 2016

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Our second delivery from Dries Van Noten has arrived.

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Dries Van Noten

July 20th, 2016

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Our first arrivals from Dries Van Noten’s new collection will be available in store from 10am this Thursday 21 July.

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Dries Van Noten

March 22nd, 2016





Our final delivery of Dries Van Noten for the season has arrived and will be available from 10am tomorrow.



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Dries Van Noten

March 9th, 2016

We have all drooled over the latest Dries Van Noten presentation at Paris Fashion Week, now enjoy this delightful interview between Tim Blanks and Dries himself.

Click here for more from Business of Fashion.

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Dries Van Noten

March 3rd, 2016





Our next delivery of Dries Van Noten’s collection, plus shoes from the collection, is now in store.

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Dries Van Noten

January 21st, 2016

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New season begins with our first delivery from Dries Van Noten.

Evoking Katharine Hepburn era Hollywood, the collection features jacquards, brocade, sequins and tattoo-like patterns in bold shades of purple, yellow ochre, kingfisher blue and watermelon.

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Dries Van Noten

September 18th, 2015



Our third and final delivery of this season’s Dries Van Noten is here.

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