Dries van Noten
This is the finale of the Dries van Noten Spring Summer 2015 catwalk show that took place in Paris earlier today (today being Wednesday.) And while yes, the clothes are lovely, can we please talk about that carpet?! Which is by Argentine rug artist Alexandra Kehayoglou, and is so beautiful that I want to cover my whole house in it. I'm not sure 'pastoral idyll' sufficiently covers it. Entirely hand-tufted in wool, Kehayoglou (her grandparents were Greek) is inspired by the Argentinian landscape. Here are some more of her designs:
Dries Van Noten cited A Midsummer Night's Dream as his inspiration for the collection, "It was about a girl who loves festivals: Stonehenge, Glastonbury, Burning Man. She loves nature; she doesn't follow the rules so she puts on precious fabrics in whatever way she wants." And the clothes are beautiful - one of the stripy bomber jackets is absolutely on my wish list for next summer. It's just not quite as high up as a carpet by Alexandra Kehayoglou . . .
Incidentally, when it comes to Dries Van Noten and interiors, his house just outside Antwerp is quite literally one of the most beautiful houses in the world. It was photographed, by Francois Halard, for the March issue of Vogue US:
And his garden . . . HIS GARDEN:
Note the title of the story: Garden of Eden. Just like his catwalk . . . (Oh, and for anybody in Paris, there's still time to catch his exhibition at the Musee des Arts Decoratifs, which has been extended unit the 2nd November . . . )