Catwalk Review: Dries Van Noten A/W 2011/12

16/03/2011 14:53 | Updated 22 May 2015

Dries Van Noten autumn/winter 2011/12 at Paris Fashion Week. Photo: PA

DESIGNER: Dries Van Noten

INSPIRATION: Ballets Russes meets David Bowie; an eccentric collage of colour, print and texture, with a generous dose of exotic skins and luxurious fabrics.

TOP LOOKS: No one does fabrics like Van Noten; drop-waisted sheath dresses appeared in a patchwork of orange,while shimmering sequins and lame were used to highlight a single sleeve, and a multitude of patterns were applied to a dress. Evening gowns with sweep trains were created in geometric and floral printed silks, with sequined bodices, while wide-leg trouser nodded oh-so-subtley to 70s styling.

ACCESSORIES: Shoes and ankle boots were imagined in multi-coloured leathers and python, with clear Perspex heels.

WHAT WE THOUGHT: Van Noten alway manages to find a new angle on his trademark brand of boho deluxe, and this season's opulent 70s glams fused with the kaleidoscopic elegance of the Ballets Russes presented a sumptuous spectacle to a Paris Fashion Week much jaded and depressed in the wake of the John Galliano scandal.

See our favourite looks in the gallery below:,feedConfig,localizationConfig,entry&id=988596&pid=988595&uts=1299152334
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