Dries Van Noten Men’s

For spring, Dries Van Noten focused his attention on teenagers—mostly the swaggering, bottle-over-the-head types. If the title, “From College to Rude Boy,” didn’t give it away, the mix of urban and urbane looks did. The collection was all attitude and punch, as kid-like models reminiscent of skinheads and mods stalked the concrete-encased makeshift catwalk. Shown in the open-air docks on the Seine, and in front of walls covered in graffiti, the juvenile energy was palpable. A medley of classic pieces—i.e. jeans, bomber jackets, knee-length shorts, double-breasted jackets, parkas—were recreated by Dries in his signature mix-and-match aesthetic and worn with Doc Martens-style boots. Acid-washed denim in shades of blue, black and white were paired with Dries’ modern tailoring for a light sportswear feel. Taking cult looks, appropriating the ideas and making them relevant—easy with Dries’ sensitive handwriting.

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