Dries Van Noten today offered a boy meets girl mash up which took nothing away from either the masculine or feminine sartorial camps.
Tailoring was at the centre of the line which opened with austere men's suiting in Prince of Wales check, layered with vivid metallic brocade tunic skirts (boy meets girl, see). Boyfriend shirts were sweetly embellished with jewels and wallpaper motifs while boating club stripe blazers were cut to skim a woman's body. Slouchy boyfriend knits shared the catwalk with frothy marabou feathers while glimmering jewels encircled the necks of models wearing oversized coats cinched with skinny belts - all the while whispering of the wearer's curves.
Neither gender in Van Noten's exploration was relegated to second place and the collection brought us the best of both worlds. Fred Astaire & Ginger Roberts were name checked in the show notes and a haunting rendition of Cheek to Cheek provided the show's soundtrack. The end result was a wardrobe of covetable trouser shapes from 1930s men's wide cut styles as worn by The Top Hat lead though to slim pinstriped pants which any girl would steal from their man friend's closet.
As for Ginger, marabou tendrils were integrated into unexpected, traditionally masculine garments. Feathery waistcoats? Why not? Elsewhere feathery, fringed dropped waist tunics were paired with low slung trousers while alpaca coats were sprinkled with gold polka dots each with their own plume, making the plain very pretty indeed.
A layered silhouette was key with printed and pleated chiffon dresses featuring several tiers and midi length tunic layers accompanying suited styles. Colour was king too, for while the menswear staples were shown in a somber palette of school greys, a riotous injection of fuchsia, canary yellow and sapphire brought the party to proceedings.
Perhaps the most perfect look of all was a pairing of a simple boy's cotton shirt with a floor sweeping feathery skirt concoction in a dusty mustard shade. Boyfriend dressing has never looked so convincingly cool.
*Pictures of the collection to be added shortly