Clever Couture: Dries Van Noten from catwalk to high street
Published 25/02/2012 | 06:00
Clashing prints are big news this season with everyone from DVF, Cavalli and Katranzou mixing and matching. There are no hard and fast rules, but it's a look that takes fine-tuning to make sure you don't cross the line. Play around with pattern, colour, texture and scale until you create the best cocktail.
Belgian designer Dries Van Noten used a collage of photographic prints for his current collection.
With a 17th-century painterly feel to them, landscape and botanical themes created calm and restful prints. Loose, carefully tailored silhouettes provided a generous canvas while oiled side-partings, barely there make-up and platform sandals kept the focus clear.
This printed shift from Marks & Spencer has the look nailed. Monochrome florals book-end a muted river scene to create a subtle and sophisticated piece.