Dries Van Noten SS21 Mens : Preserving Len Lye’s Legacy
Contaminated with graphic prints and startling bursts of colour, Dries Van Noten’s SS21 collection is theatrical with intent. The capsule hones in on Len Lye’s progressive art practices dating back to the late 1920s. More akin to ‘60s psychedelia than the roaring twenties, the New Zealander’s works toyed with the process of painting directly onto celluloid strips, resulting in hazy, dream-like visions which were far ahead of their time.
Fully fixated by the late artist’s avant-garde aesthetic, Dries Van Noten seeks to preserve and promote Lye’s legacy within his latest collection – working directly with the Len Lye Foundation. Favouring bases of black and white, the collection’s t-shirt line boasts bespoke prints, including ‘you’ sunshine motifs that double up film roll edges as rays and a photogram of Lye’s own, dubbed ‘Shadowgraphs’.
Update your spring rotation with the primitive designs of Len Lye, re-packaged for the modern-day by Antwerp design veteran Dries Van Noten.