Mr Porter is no stranger to exclusive pieces and capsule collections. But starting from 3 May 2021, they're going to have much more of a presence on the men's fashion and lifestyle platform. Hosted by… is set to be a series of exclusive capsule collections that will drop throughout 2021, celebrating some of menswear's most celebrated and creative maestros. And it's kicking things off with Belgian designer Dries Van Noten.
Hosted by… Dries Van Noten will be a rather extensive 40-piece Mr Porter capsule collection ripe for the summer season. With Van Noten being such a master at manipulating prints, the capsule collection is slated to have that same level of vibrant visuals. Floral prints and tie-dyes are reworked (and at times mashed together) in multiple combinations spanning poolside-ready camp collar shirts and shorts, as well as T-shirts and hoodies. Accessories such as punchy acetate sunglasses and leather slip-ons complete the collection that's inspired by travel and escapism.
"The inspiration distils and heightens people's vision of summer," expresses Van Noten of the capsule collection. "I asked my team, 'What do we yearn for of our summer?’ and it was clear that surf, palm trees and tropical beaches were top of mind. We then set out creating scrapbooks of summer dreams. We playfully explored clichés and postcard slogans like 'Wish You Were Here'—this seems so symbolic and appropriate now. The notion and emotion of going out to dance and celebrate the clichéd symbols of summer was a story I wanted to tell right now when we need it most. The laidback lifestyle of LA, its beach houses, palm trees, and pink sunsets, was also a key source of inspiration and played a huge role, the emotion of these holiday scrapbooks is seen across the collections. It's a simple idea yet it puts you in a good mood."
Mr Porter will also include an exploration into Van Noten's approach to fashion design and life, as well as stories to complete the entire celebratory experience of the fashion designer. And for the ladies, a womenswear capsule collection will also be released on the same day on sister platform Net-A-Porter.
Significantly, Hosted by… Dries Van Noten marks the first time that the designer has worked with a retail partner for men on a specific collection. Van Noten says, "This was even more significant as Mr Porter is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year. We have greatly enjoyed having this opportunity to translate and adapt the story of our collection this season to this selection of garments."
Hosted by… Dries Van Noten launches exclusively on Mr Porter on 3 May 2021.