Coming from a couturier family as the third generation of tailors and one of the Antwerp Six alumni, Dries Van Noten's innovative designs and use of fabric (silks, wools and custom-milled jacquards) are what makes his designs stand out. With his sunglasses it's the unexpected details like the popular 52 sunglasses.
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Dries Van Noten is a critically acclaimed designer and an eponymous fashion brand with Dries as the creative director. Belgium as a country has produced many fashion designer, some of whom include: Martin Margiela and Kris Van Assche. The country is known as a style base where many creative individuals get their inspiration from to produce wondrous collections. As the third generation in a family of renowned tailors, Van Noten grew up with fashion around him and was able to make it a part of him that flows naturally.
After attending fashion school, he was able to see the trends and looks as the rolled out from the catwalks and onto the high street. With this outlook, he was able to find and define his niche. After he partnered up with the Linda Farrow collective, he was able to get more recognition for his eyewear styles and made a name for himself in that market as well. His sunglasses collection features solid and gradient lenses. They are handmade with acetate and come in a range of frames shapes and colours.
He has been described by the New York Times as, “one of the most cerebral designers.” His minimalistic and simple style has been gaining ground with the return of the trend; we have even seen fashion house Saint Laurent release collections along the same ideology that “less is more.” Career wise, one of his peaks has been winning the International Award at the CFDA awards. He has also dressed Cate Blanchett, Princess Mathilde of Belgium as well as actress Maggie Gyllenhaal.
Dries Van Noten has since gone on to open stores all over the world whilst maintaining his base in Antwerp, Belgium. If you like the minimalist no bells ringing style that has taken the fashion industry by storm, then you will like this brand. Whilst it can look simple some pieces have been designed and crafted specifically for those who like much more flashy designs. Under the Linda Farrow collective, the fashion house has continued to flourish and reach higher and greater heights.