There was this one time, in Liberty London, where I tried on the most amazing black jacket by Ann Demeulmeester AND DECIDED NOT TO BUY IT. Biggest fashion regret ever – this jacket, with its buttery soft leather, high funnel neck detail and sultry bleakness, will forever be ingrained on my memory as ‘the one that got away’.
A member of The Antwerp Six, Demeulmeester’s signature is a masculine look; one that emphasizes fashion as rock music. One immediately thinks of Patti Smith, whose artsy, poetic moodiness has been an inspiration to many.
“At a typical Demeulemeester show, nearly indistinguishable male and female models walked the runway in romantic, poetic—often draped—looks accented by militaristic tailored pieces or bits of feather. The designer worked predominately in black and white, and was known to serve as her own fit model.” - Vogue.com
Though Demeulemeester herself is no longer at the helm, the brand’s AW14 collection continues to herald drapery, the experimental-yet-wearable, every piece having it’s own purpose.
“[AW14] was all about fluidity, asymmetric cuts, and light fabrics draped impeccably around the body. The familiar became the new, as soft trench coats were bunched and twisted around the waist, dresses came wrapped with capes, and sleeves fell long over the hands. For men, looks were accentuated with a burnished gold, on boots, shirts and jackets.” – Dazed Digital
I’m completely biased, but I love how the Demeulemeester brand stands outside of trends and fashion cycles. It satisfies me with its monochromatic colour theme and intense personal identity. For more images of AW14 head over to Vogue magazine.
Images: Dazed Digital.