Please upgrade your browser for the best Refinery29 experience. Read more.

Saved! Access Favorites in your account profile. Removed from my favorites

Dries Van Noten Brings The Thrift Store To The Runway

  1. Begin
    18-dries-ss14-25

    1.8K

    SHARES

    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

Shopping

What To Buy ASAP From Your Favorite Stores This Spring

Grab your most comfortable sneakers — or, realistically, just flex those fingers (we’re mostly online buyers here, anyway) — because it’s time to shop. Like, really shop. Now is when your favorite retailers are stocking their racks and virtual shelves with that awesome spring merch you’ve been waiting for. If read

New York

The Most Insane Pics Of NYC's WORST Snowstorms

[UPDATE: This story was originally published on January 26, 2015.] Juno. Thor. Whatever we end calling this new storm. Are we done yet? While we've yet to see anything approaching the promised Worst Snowstorm In History so far this year, we have been dealing with some totally extreme weather conditions here in New York read