As a fashion addict, I always love finding a new line I didn’t know about. But I think there’s something particularly titillating about discovering a line that has been around forever that I somehow missed until now. I was looking at some Dries Van Noten sunglasses on a sample sale this morning when I discovered, low and behold, that Dries Van Noten is frickin’ awesome. Somehow it was just never on my radar.
Being a person who can’t really let something go without dissecting it ad nauseam, I’ve been trying to figure out why I missed the collection and now am suddenly so drawn to it. I think a big part of it is age. Not because the things I loved before were geared toward 20 somethings and Dries Van Noten is geared toward 40 somethings, so I am simply part of a different target audience. But because there are certain kinds of grown up looks that appeal to a young women, and others that have a quiet sophistication that isn’t really appealing until you grow older, and Dries Van Noten would fall into the latter category.
It’s a little like my whole wedding fiasco (from which I can never quite seem to recover). When I got married I was in my 20s and still in the grips of fantasy — I wanted to feel like a princess for a day. My hair was elaborately put up, the skirt on my dress was big, the reception was in a fabulous ballroom. My mom kept pushing a garden wedding on an estate, but no, I wanted the royal dream. Don’t you hate it when mom turns out to have been right? I was too young to really know who I was, and as a result, to realize that looking back on the wedding decades later, I would wish that the event somehow reflected a little more of me and my husband, who we were or are. Hair down, intimate garden wedding — I would do it so differently now. Dries Van Noten is a little like that. But it really makes for a fantastic discovery. The fall 2012 collection is tailored and elegant, infused with swaths of color in the form of asian inspired prints.