Paris Men's Fashion Week SS16: Dries Van Noten

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Paris Men's Fashion Week SS16: Dries Van Noten
Dries Van Noten produces a collection in homage to one of the most enduring symbols of beauty of our time — Marilyn Monroe

Marilyn Monroe captured the Belgian designer's imagination this season... Using black and white photos of the Hollywood icon, Van Noten multiplied them and turned it into a print for everything from jackets to pants.

A profusion of prints are in store for spring... Leopard print was used liberally for coats and shirts, right down to linings and sandal straps, while a tropical palm tree motif surfaced as another dominant pattern.

Citing a slew of "creative provocateurs"... Van Noten nodded to surrealists such as Elsa Schiaparelli and Salvador Dali with his sly incorporation of the lobster in several pieces in the collection.

Our favourite piece from the collection was... the elegant grey sweater with the print of Monroe's arched brow, eye, beauty spot and lips (Look 11). Recalling Erwin Blumenfeld's iconic Vogue cover from 1950, it was a standout for its restrained glamour. 

Let's discuss... those metallic shirts, pants and shorts. While the all-over glitter look may not be for everyone, we're really into the added shine those pieces would give to a summer look.

To see all our coverage of Paris Men's Fashion Week SS16, click here.

Text: Pakkee Tan

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