Rock the casbah, urges the Belgian designer Dries Van Noten. Styling by Sophia Neophitou. Photographs by Thiemo Sanders

Dries Van Noten mixes pattern, colour and ethnic references like no one else. To assemble a collection, he might travel from the foothills of the Himalayas to Morocco, and then east again to Outer Mongolia. His clothes are addictive - once you buy a pair of trousers, you want the hand-embroidered, wrap-around sari skirt to wear over them. Then, before you know it, you are the proud owner of a complete Dries wardrobe (and considerably poorer, too).

These are clothes that need to be layered: gold-wrought skirts worn over cobalt blue trousers, delicately knitted jumpers over paisley tunics. And you might want to mix in pieces from other designers - perhaps the odd printed mesh top from Jean-Paul Gaultier, another determined fashion traveller. Of course, for the price of several layers, you could always buy a round-the-world plane ticket and put the look together yourself from the markets and bazaars of North Africa and the Orient

Left Knit and cloth polo shirt by Dries Van Noten, pounds 200, from Liberty, Regent Street, London W1, Browns, 23-27 South Molton Street, London W1, Jones, 13 Floral Street, London WC2; Harvey Nichols, Knightsbridge, London SW3; Matches, 13 Hill Street, Richmond; Strand, 22 Queen Victoria Street, Leeds This page Green and gold jacquard cardigan, pounds 210; orange sari with pink sequins, pounds 625; tan leather shoes, pounds 210, all by Dries Van Noten, as before; gold, chocolate and blue stripe vest, pounds 130, by D&G, from Harvey Nichols, as before; Browns, as before; turquoise trousers, pounds 20, from Blackout Two, 51 Endell Street, London WC2

Right Beige shirt, pounds 65, by YMC, from Browns Focus, 38-39 South Molton Street, London W1; Liberty, as before; Hip, 14 Thornton Arcade, Leeds; purple sari skirt with silver sequin embroidery, pounds 625, by Dries Van Noten, as before Make-Up Greshica at Aurelien

Hair Carlos at Aurelien

Model Elizabeth at Models One

Above Turquoise trousers with pink and white embroidery, pounds 65 from Cornucopia, 12 Upper Tachbrook Street, London SW1; chocolate print short sarong, pounds 210, by Dries Van Noten, as before; gold, orange and cream stripe jumper, pounds 139, by Joseph, 77 Fulham Road, London SW3; brown pinstripe jacket, pounds 300, by Dries Van Noten, shoes as before Right Brown tonic trousers, pounds 185; green top with turquoise flock print long sleeve top, pounds 115, both by Dries Van Noten, as before; mesh print skirt, pounds 115, by Jean Paul Gaultier, from Harvey Nichols, as before

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