Thursday, October 7, 2010
I would like to think that if Diana Vreeland was alive today, she would greatly approve of the new Dries Van Noten men's store in Paris. The shop, located at 9 quai Malaquais, is two doors away from his gorgeous women's boutique and was until recently an art gallery. What I love the most is that Dries and his architect Gert Voorjans kept the original red/rust colored lacquer from the 1970's and replicated it the back of the store which was once an office. Even though the space is now devoted to men's clothing, the designer has also filled it back up with carefully chosen art, antiques and furnishings from every time period and style. A metal Italian coffee table by Gabriells Crespi coexists with a Jean Cocteau drawing and an Anthony van Dyck painting that hangs on a wood panel from the 1960's that was bought in Brussels. Oh, and the clothes aren't too shabby either.