Many designers find it difficult to find believable prints for men. So for Spring 2013, Dries Van Noten went with the most classic of masculine prints – camouflage.
Camouflage in the classic green, associated with the military, was used but Dries also chose an edgier purple, and orange with shades of blush pink and blue that also made up the palette for the collection, in loose fitting pants, shorts, jackets, shirts, vests and T-Shirts. The print was also mixed together with bold blocks of colour, such as orange, white and purple. Camouflage was not the only print used, with green and purple tartan making a feature in blazers, shirts and pants.
The collection also had added notes of athleticism with fencing style padded jackets and vests in all white or with blocks of purple and orange. Sheer knitwear in solid blue and cream or in multi-coloured abstract designs added a youthful aspect to go with the contemporary camouflage. A range of other fabrics, softer prints and colours were also used that took the edge and intimidation away from the majorly bold prints of the collection. Square fame and round lens sunglasses and weekender style bags made up the accessories and varying styles of sandals in a range of colours were shown.