Dries Van Noten’s 100 show, a celebration of ageless beauty

Dries Van Noten’s 100 show, a celebration of ageless beauty

Age diversity is not an issue any more and Dries Van Noten’s brilliant 100th show is the undeniable proof.
Dries Van Noten celebrated its 100th show during Paris Fashion Week by casting only women who had walked in the brand’s show before, as a tribute to models of then and now.
Amber Valletta, Nadja Auermann, Carolyn Murphy, Trish Goff, Kirsten Owen, Kristina de Coninck, and Michele Hicks, all over 40, were stunning dressed to look like themselves, with a little help from makeup and over accessorizing.
In the show which had even Catherine Deneuve seated on simple wooden chairs Van Noten paid  a double tribute to his muses and the house’s most famous art-inspired prints from the past 99 collections (show notes explained where each look on today’s runway came from — for example, a silky floral print circa 1994, or paisley from 2007 reports New York Magazine).

Dries Van Noten’s 100 show, a celebration of ageless beauty

“I feel like this show might be one of those moments. It forces you to think about the past and the future, and what the future might be. I want to move on — not only change the clothes I make but also some of my focus. I didn’t want to be nostalgic. I wanted to ask: What can we do to take it forward? I’m nervous about it. You’d think after 100 shows you’d be used to this, but it’s not true for me. It always feels like the first show” Dries Van Noten told the New York Times.

Dries Van Noten’s 100 show, a celebration of ageless beauty

“When I started, all the models were smiling. That stopped about halfway through the ’90s. Accessories became more important. The front row became a big thing. So did celebrity. Then the models became big stars, which they are again because of Instagram. Shows became huge all over the world. And everything got much more expensive. But it’s also true that change is always good. The actual period of change can be wobbly and scary, but it has to happen. We are in a period of fashion overdose right now. There’s too much pressure” he added of his his 100th show milestone which he described as “a real show, in a real room, in front of real people, who experience it together”.

Dries Van Noten’s 100 show, a celebration of ageless beauty

“If Instagram is any measure of success or life achievements, Dries had a great day today — the brand’s account hit 500,000 followers immediately after the show” New York Magazine pointed out.

Dries Van Noten’s 100 show, a celebration of ageless beauty

“I wanted to share this moment with people who had walked for me before, so we invited models from the first women’s show, all the way up to girls we discovered last season, so there are women in the show of all different ages and different colors from different parts of the world. We started contacting them back in October. They all said yes” said Dries Van Noten, a designer lucky enough to reach his milestone with a little help from his mature, intelligent, brilliant and powerful perennial muses.

Dries Van Noten’s 100 show, a celebration of ageless beauty

Photos via Vogue