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Dries Van Noten FW 16 Is Perfect For Your Inner Exotic Pet Owner

Ah, Dries van Noten. Drieeeeees. Season after season, the Belgian designer’s lush creations make us want to whine like a five year-old. Gimme, we cry. For his Fall/Winter ’16 show at Paris Fashion Week, van Noten took on a look that we’re calling “creepy aristocrat.” We would say it was heavenly, but it seems like the woman that would rock these clothes is the type that would find hell to be much, much more interesting. It is where all the fun people would go.

Van Noten told Vogue that he was directly inspired by the affair between the Marchesa Luisa Casati and the poet Gabriele D’Annunzio. Casati was a famously eccentric socialite, known for keeping cheetahs as pets and once wearing a necklace made out of living snakes. She would definitely be feeling this collection. It was simultaneously dark and brooding and deeply luxurious.

Leopard prints abounded, highlighted particularly on extra wide-legged pants. Pajama dressing was also a key theme, with the collection serving up a few striped sets that we’d love to indulge in right now. It was impeccably tailored, impeccably styled (we’re really feeling the greasy-eyed models), and just, overall, impeccable. Excuse us while we look through the photos for the millionth time.

Photography by Sonny Vandevelde

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