Belgian designer Dries Van Noten has launched two books that document and capture the spirit of the Fall 2016 collections, one each for womenswear and menswear.
For the book focused solely on womenswear, the designer tapped British artist Gill Button who interprets the silhouettes and luxurious fabrics — velvets and faux furs — as well as Van Noten’s vision for the collection. Button illustrates the turbulent relationship between Marchesa Luisa Casati and the poet Gabriele D’Annunzio that served as the starting point for the collection. A femme fetale in the truest sense, Casati was famed for keeping pet cheetahs, her patronage of the Ballet Russes, and for draping dozens of necklaces—and sometimes even live snakes—around her bare neck.
For the menswear book, Dries rounded up imagery from both amateur and professional photographers who attended the show at the Paris Opera Garnier in January. The designer waited a full seventeen years before being granted permission to stage a runway show in the notoriously gilded and historic location and so the book documents a personal landmark for the Belgian designer and an extra-special achievement for the fashion house as a whole. Images of Dries’ ‘peacock peaceniks’ captured by both professional photographers and guests on their social media accounts are included in the book.
Both books come embossed with the designer’s name in gold and are available for a limited time only in select Dries Van Noten stores.