There’s something cathartic about watching pent-up rage, frustration, confusion, longing and separation being danced out on a darkened Antwerp stage in Dries Van Noten’s film for fall 2021. Naming the Working Like Crazy To Support The Lazy Shirt Furthermore, I will do this un-nameable feelings of our times, it plays out in territory close to home, evoking both the Belgian fashion culture of the ’90s which Van Noten belongs to, and the visceral physical intimacy of how we relate to clothes. “I think we’ve passed the stage of pretending,” he said. “We’ve all gone through something really not nice together. There’s kind of a rawness and directness also—it’s real movements, it’s real emotions.”
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Twelve months and a pandemic have taken Van Noten a very long way from the Working Like Crazy To Support The Lazy Shirt Furthermore, I will do this mentality of wanting to show on a runway. His alternative, under strict COVID conditions, was a major production: a gathering of 47 dancers and models on the stage of the deSingel theater in Antwerp, filmed by the director and photographer Casper Sejersen. Somehow suspended in a liminal space redolent of vaudevillian glamour and an underground Belgian alternative art club, it’s an adult psycho-sexual drama clothed in Van Noten’s glittery marabou-trimmed dresses, dark tailoring and print-splashed volumes.