In today's edition of Well Suited, we're celebrating the birthday of one of our favorite designers, Dries van Noten.
We can't exactly sit down for a slice of cake with the designer (he's in Europe, and some of our New York-based digital team is off wheat right now), so we're going to wish him a happy 56th birthday by taking a look back at a suit from his Spring 2014 collection. The shawl-collar, double-breasted number was among the darker pieces to come down the runway at what was admittedly a very dark show, but a bright floral shirt gave it a dose of color.
Van Noten's offering wasn't the only place we saw florals for men this season, but they're probably the most cerebral blooms in fashion. While he was planning a retrospective of his work at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris, he repeatedly came across men in floral prints throughout antiquity in the museum's archives. So he wanted to make manly clothes with feminine motifs and fabrics, a challenge he pulled off with aplomb. We hope he keeps pulling it off for many years to come.
—Details associate online style editor Justin Fenner.