Last year, Jeff Goldblum, Pusha-T, and industry insiders such as 032c’s Marc Goehring helped make Prada’s elaborate half and half bowling shirt one of the hottest items in fashion. Despite a hefty price tag of $1,200, the shirt sold out in most places and quickly became a go-to item for the street style set.
As that shirt ascended to grail level, Dries Van Noten was debuting his men’s Spring 2019 offerings in Paris, offering an equally loud aesthetic. The collection, Van Noten’s first since selling a stake in his company to the Puig group, explodes with color and lava-lamp prints, kind of looking like a cool wallpaper you’d use to decorate your house if wallpaper were still a thing in 2019.
The collection was inspired by Verner Panton, an influential Danish product designer who gave the world the famous S-shaped Panton Chair in the ’60s. Van Noten was granted permission by the Panton estate to adapt and rescale Panton prints, turning them out in a range of effervescent colors. According to Van Noten, the clothing “pushes conceptual codes of the utilitarian, tailoring, and sportswear to soften the silhouette.”
Check out a Panton installation in the video below for an insight into the designer’s psychedelic world, and how the mood links to Van Noten’s SS19 offerings.
With the rollout of Dries Van Noten SS19 well underway, the de facto genderless garb is quickly becoming a go-to for the fashion-forward celebrity crowd. First, there was Beyoncé, never shy of stealing from the boys, who wore the two-piece button-down and pants combination. Props to Joe Jonas for trying it out, too, but he just isn’t Beyoncé.
Steve Lacy, one of the most underrated sartorialists around right now, is another who clearly digs those Panton Summer of Love vibes. In recent months, he’s been on tour with The Internet, mixing up his Margiela Tabi and all-leather Balenciaga ’fits with this jacket:
Whereas Lacy tones down his jacket by pairing it with sensible black jeans, Swae Lee of Rae Sremmurd goes in the opposite direction, colliding two prints together and then setting them on fire with bright tangerine sneakers. The look is very maximalist, and you’d definitely struggle to look at him if you had a hangover, but it kind of works. Kind of.
Styling Dries Van Noten’s new prints isn’t the easiest task — this Jake Gyllenhaal red carpet ’fit is genuinely atrocious — but spring and summer are definitely the time to wear something a little more outré. Last summer’s tie-dye craze, spearheaded by brands such as Online Ceramics, showed how there’s nothing more fun than tossing on something colorful when the sun shines, and Dries Van Noten’s retro swirls feel almost an extension of that. Spring has sprung, so it’s time to get groovy, people.
If you want to hear our conversation with The Sartorialist, check out the most recent episode of The Dropcast.