Dries Van Noten Brings The Thrift Store To The Runway

  1. Begin Slideshow
    18-dries-ss14-25

    1.8K

    SHARES

    2 comments
    See All Slides

    For those of us for whom thrift stores are our happy place, you know just the kind of thrill you get when you're surrounded by heaps of weird sweaters, polyester blends, twisted home goods, and crumbling tapestries. To those who don't understand, it's a world of old junk. To us enlightened few, it's a world of opportunity, for whom — with some digging — you can truly strike gold.

    For the Dries Van Noten Spring 2014 collection (he obviously seems a part of the thrift store club), this gold came in the form of lamé pleating, foil ruffles, cracked leather panels, and glitzy jewelry that looked directly inspired by thrift store opulence, like the kind of dull brass flowers, scratched gold plated and peeling gilded mirrors you're more likely to find at Value Village than Versailles. Beyond that, a thrift store mindset of mixing eras and genres, formal with informal, and finding creative ways to wear special pieces, ran through the collection. Woven traveler's bags sold on the streets in Tibet and Guatemala echoed in accessories as well as tops. Antique wedding dresses worn with leather sandals made for a done-down spring look we've all DIY'd, while costume jewelry was paired with formalwear skirt sets and vintage-style tanks in a creative mixing-up that only those who've spent a long, long time combing through racks can properly enjoy.

    Of course, unlike real thrift shops, there isn't a dud in the bunch. Each one of Dries' creations is like that once-in-a-lifetime find that you'll talk about with anyone who'll listen. Click through to see the magic.

    Begin Slideshow

MORE SLIDESHOWS

Celebs & Influencers

Solange Is Officially Over The Style She's Most Known For

We completely understand the importance (and necessity!) of the occasional personal-style re-evaluation. It could be because you've gotten into the rut of wearing all neutrals, even when you have a wardrobe full of colors at your fingertips. Or, you need to streamline your shopping habits. How many striped T-shirts is too read

10 Bad-Decision Beauty Fixes

Some of our favorite nights are those spent making relatively bad decisions. Was it smart to stay out until 2 a.m. on a weeknight? Not exactly. Was it wise to have a martini or two before dyeing your hair at home? Probably not. Did you really need to binge-watch all of season three of The Wire on a Tuesday? Well, that last read



Shopping

11 Essentials For Every Dressy Occasion

There’s nothing more thrilling than looking at a jam-packed spring calendar filled with rooftop soirees, garden parties, and weekend weddings — until you stare into your closet abyss and realize you have nothing to wear, that is. So, we’re taking the guesswork out of event dressing by mapping out 11 key pieces read