In March this year, Dries Van Noten and Mr. Christian Lacroix sat down for a meeting on the Champs Elysées. The location for their rendezvous was neutral ground: halfway between Antwerp and Arles in Paris, the home of haute couture, and an age-old stage for fashion in the purest sense of the word. Dries took with him fabric swatches, reference imagery, embroidery samples. In Christian’s opinion: “He didn’t need me”. Dries begged to differ. The creative surge and sheer joy of working alongside this legendary couturier was worth fighting for. The resultant collection is not a collaboration – rather a meeting of minds, an expression of dual intention and respect, a romance if you will –between Dries and Christian, and in turn between both of them and fashion
As the show approached the happy fruits of Dries’ and Christian’s labours gradually arrive to dance upon rails in the designer’s studios, overlooking the docks in Antwerp. All the Lacroix signatures are in place, filtered through Van Noten’s celebrated, cerebral and sensitive sensibility: waltzing polka dots, broad stripes, animaux, ruffles, matador jackets, gigot sleeves, silks woven with flowers scaled up and brighter than nature ever intended, pouf skirts, duchesse satin and grosgrain – embroidered, printed and fluttering from neck- and waistlines, collars and cuffs.
Available now at Dries Van Noten, Landmark