Boogie nights

Fashion insiders are still talking about last season’s surprise collaboration between Dries Van Noten and Christian Lacroix – which is certainly one for the fashion history books.

In the afterglow of that coupling, Van Noten was inspired to come up with the theme of nocturnal glamour for his autumn/winter 2020 collection.

He envisioned a woman heading out for a night at the Mudd Club in New York or Camden Palace in London – then perhaps making her way home in the wee hours of the morning, with a plaid coat shrugged over her glittery gear.

The collection is elegant yet boogie, in which familiar styles like punk, rock, disco, Hawaiian prints, shimmer, 1930s Hollywood and 1980s Japan are all in place.

Many exaggerated embellishments are used, such as ruching, feathers, biker studs, sequins and beading, complemented by mixed materials.

For example, the crepe maxi skirt is embellished with lacquered sequins and wispy feathers along the deep front split, giving it a quirky charm.

The turtleneck dress, woven with moody turquoise blooms, has 3D flowers blossoming on the cuffs and hems. An oversized emerald velvet blazer provides the perfect clash mesh.

(This article was published at The Standard on September 11, 2020: Weekend Glitz: Boogie nights )

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