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Paris Fashion Week: Dries Van Noten

At the opening of the main catwalk shows at Paris Fashion Week Dries Van Noten displayed his take on the “handsome woman”, his inspiration for spring 11.

Oversized tuxedo jackets were worn as dresses, wide trousers in denim and white cotton featured and shirts were tied at the waist as skirts.

Juxtaposed with the mannish cut to tailoring were floral motif silks, dresses and tunics with a touch of the oriental. Waists were tightly and widely bound and sleeves billowed in a kimono style.

Colour fade and two-tone was an obvious trend as blazers fused blush pink and cerise in a dip-dye fashion. Sorbet shades of lemon and peach were seen on sheer button up blouses and overall the palette was traditionally spring-like with mint green, powder blue and shades of pink.

Sequins took the collection from day to night as box cut jackets and longline tops shimmered in gold and pink embellishment.

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