Dries Van Noten’s Paris Mix and Mismatch
Published January 21, 2010
Just take the belt from your beige trench and put it on your navy cashmere coat, switch the sleeves and voilà! Of course it’s not that easy, but Dries Van Noten’s mix and mismatch collection makes it look that way. He even tore the sleeves off tweed jackets so you could see the shoulder padding, and the shirt underneath. Then there were the knit vests worn over shirts with matching knit sleeves which make it look like the sweater is coming apart at the shoulder. And the trousers: either Buster Keaton flood pants, long underwear, or one dressy style with a tie side stripe. Van Noten never failed to combine at least two or three classics in every piece he presented and the overall effect was like a hurricane tonic for everyday clothes.