dries van noten f/w 2012

China is not only a rising global power, it's a rising luxury goods consumer. So it makes sense that designers would draw inspiration from a country and culture that is home to a potentially massive customer base, and China has indeed been fertile ground this season. Jason Wu's gorgeous fall collection gave us China three ways, and now there's Dries van Noten.

Van Noten was influenced by China and its neighbors, mining the archives of the Victoria & Albert Museum for historical Chinese, Japanese and Korean costumes. As WWD reports, he photographed the actual garments for the large scale prints that dominated the collection, used on everything from dresses and pants to outerwear and suiting. One of the strongest looks of the show was a white suit with the jacket spliced with a panel of brilliant color. Several of the outerwear pieces also stood out, including a perfect parka with a furry upturned collar and a black velvet coat with fur sleeves. Overall, it was a gorgeous collection that took those historic costumes and translated them into something beautiful - and accessible - for the customer of today. See the complete collection here and watch video of the full show here.

Photos: WWD

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