No one thinks “biker chic” when conjuring up the work of Dries Van Noten — until now.
The grittiness of that American subculture is exactly what the Belgian designer channeled in his, very personal, interpretation of the classic black leather jacket, as per orders of Christies and Barneys New York.
High brow auction house Christie’s teamed up once again with the luxury retailer, this time to celebrate Barneys new Downtown location, with proceeds going to the LGBT Community Center and White Columns. The title? Christie’s Black Leather Jacket Auction, naturally.
And Dries hit it out of the park with, both, an homage to the biker origins of the jacket — complete with hand-embroidered patches — as well as a heartfelt tribute to Paris out of respect for the recent atrocities in that great fashion city. Devastatingly cool.
More crème de la Black Leather Jacket from the auction:
Marilyn Minter brings a taste of sumptuous glam punk to the mix with her custom jacket, entitled Wet Kiss.
Wet Kiss features Marilyn Minter’s custom artistry in dye sub photograph on aluminum, leather cord and oil paint pen.
Sonic Youth’s Kim Gordan definitely has an opinion when it comes to what a black leather jacket should look like.
Gold sparkles and duct tape on this explosive black leather jacket from the Queen of Noise Rock herself, Kim Gordan.
Maroon satin lines this heavily textured jacket by Helmut Lang.
Expressionism-esque black on black splatters create textural interest on this work of art by Helmut Lang.
Glossy patent alligator skin makes this Azzedine Alaïa très luxe.
Azzedine Alaïa takes the black leather jacket to the next level with an asymmetrical zip and all black hardware.
Brasstone hardware tops off this ultimate homage to the iconic black leather jacket by artist Bob Pruitt.
91 of the most legendary rockers of the black leather biker jacket, including Alice Cooper, Iggy Pop and James Dean, all hand-drawn by Bob Pruitt.
Belgian designer Dries Van Noten pays tribute to the Paris attacks in this tourist-cum-biker patch and pin embellished jacket.
Packing a lot of love for Paris into every patch on this one-of-a-kind jacket by Dries Van Noten.