Friday, 17 February 2012

Ann Demeulemeester Spring 2012

Isabelle Eberhardt was a Swiss writer who traveled extensively in North Africa in the late nineteenth century. She usually wore men's clothing, because she had more freedom of movement that way. In one photograph from her brief life, Eberhardt is dressed as a sailor. This woman inspired Ann Demeeulemeester's Spring 2012 collection.

The creature Demeulemeester created was part androgyne, part decadent, a poetic hybrid of East and West. Demeulemeester imagined a European wardrobe "infected" by the tribal dress her explorer encountered. That might start with something subtle like a striped, tailored blazer with tassels dangling off its buttons, or a trenchcoat de-structured till it was a soft kimonolike wrap. In the middle somewhere, there were slouchy openwork knits and a jacket over-embroidered to look utterly exhausted. Then came the more exotic pieces: the black silk tulle caftan with a trim of beads, the embroidered waistcoat with a trail of fringes. A sheer asymmetrical top and skirt appeared in an ombré that evoked a dust storm.

Ann Demeulemeester; Poetic and beautiful - making physical what many women are dreaming about. 


  1. Wauw this is so beautiful! It's done with aquarel paint isn't it?

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  2. Hallo Laura! Wat een fijne blog heb jij. Ik volg! En dank je wel!! Ja het is waterverf.