“This season it was really about the flamboyant woman – she’s not just eccentric, because that can be old with 25 cats,” said Van Noten backstage. “She wants to live, she wants to show herself, she wants to enjoy life. She knows how to mix things and she dares to.”
A master of mixing things up himself, today’s show saw one of Noten’s personal passions realised: to have a live orchestra play the score to his show – a familiar yet distorted melody with a punchy baseline.
Clashing teal with mustard, purple with hot pink, orange with gold, and ,and and…, it was a positive riot of juxtapositions ,and that’s before the fabrics even come into it. Raised jacquards, satin ruffles, embellished tweed checks and lashings of pleated, tiered and frilled tulle – it was the grown-up equivalent of raiding the dressing-up box, although under Noten’s watchful eye, the result looks really good.