On March 2, 2016, Dries Van Noten debuted his Fall/Winter 2016 collection during Paris Fashion Week. For this season, the designer was inspired by the dark affair between 20th century femme fatale Marchesa Louisa Casati and the poet, Gabriele D’Annunzio. The collection seemed to be a mixture of masculine and feminine chic pieces to reflect the two lovers. Tailored suits, outwear styles, velvet dresses, and even pajama type sets flooded down the runway.
Casati was known for having pet cheetahs, wearing pearls, and also wearing live snakes on her necklaces. Van Noten made sure to incorporate snake and cheetah print into his clothes while also adorning the models in pearls. Models were also accessorized with black, grease stained eyes, purple feather chokers, and slicked back gelled hair. A recording of D’Annunzio reading one of his poems played in the background during the show. With references to a prewar culture, the designer’s focus was to create a collection to dress intelligent, adult women.
Shop the Dries Van Noten collection here.