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Dries Van Noten Fall 2014: Dizzying, Cold-Weather Resort Wear

Say it with me now: "W-E-A-R-A-B-L-E." There was hardly a conceptual look to be seen at Dries Van Noten's Paris show, so, uh, has anyone seen my credit card? Every look was street-ready, and with all the 3D flowers, louche sequins, and bright, hibiscus-y prints, it felt like the type of collection we'd pack for a cruise — but plenty of dark furs and heavy coats kept it all very winter appropriate. Van Noten was inspired by Bridget Riley, a British artist obsessed with optical illusions, which led to mesmerizing striped patterns and the occasional sunburst-like swirl of yellow. All very perfect for lounging about beneath a winter sun.

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Nothing like a gray backdrop to sober up a bunch of hot pink flowers.

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Dries Van Noten RTW Fall 2014

Candy-like illusions, flowers, and peplum are restrained by short hair and heavy black eyeshadow. Well, sorta restrained.

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Dries Van Noten RTW Fall 2014

It’s all very somber until you stare at the skirt for 30 seconds.

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Dries Van Noten RTW Fall 2014

No corporate drone would wear an optical illusion on their blazer…would they?

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Dries Van Noten RTW Fall 2014

All eyes on me, or at least on one side of me.

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Dries Van Noten RTW Fall 2014

We’d rock that pin on the deck of a cruise ship any day.

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Dries Van Noten RTW Fall 2014

This is what we’d wear to the ship’s Dining Room, after a long day spent staring icily at anyone who looks twice at our hibiscus pin.

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Dries Van Noten RTW Fall 2014

Eyes up here! No, there, no, there.

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Dries Van Noten RTW Fall 2014

Late-for-the-meeting-cuz-I’m-back-from-an-Oceania-Cruise look.

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Dries Van Noten RTW Fall 2014

Too somber for weddings, too wild for funerals. Better wear it to the club.

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Dries Van Noten RTW Fall 2014

The sparkles say Night, but the flower says Day, Day, Day.

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Dries Van Noten RTW Fall 2014

This look is basically the opposite of a helpful traffic sign pointing you in the right direction.

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Dries Van Noten RTW Fall 2014

Tell your friends it’s really just a swimsuit coverup.

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