Paris Fashion Week AW14/15 Series: Ann Demeulemeester

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AnneDemeulemeester-AW14-styleonthecouch-4There 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.

Little Black Dress (With A Twist) Series

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DSTM Little Black Dress SS13One of my favourite ‘types’ of posts to write, Blog Reader (second only to Friday Lingerie Lust, naturally,) is my Little Black Dress series, where I focus on those eye-catchingly chic styles that have grabbed my attention in recent weeks.  My own little black number here is a gem of a dress. I actually bought it a zillion years ago, in my last year of my undergraduate degree course when I had high hopes of attending the summer ball (in the end I spent the night in the local pub, a long story and several years swearing off men followed, ahem).  Whatever the outcome of that evening (we don’t talk about it any more, Blog Reader) I certainly had a dress that would carry me through a good few years into the future – a favourite little black dress with a twist; ruched fabric sitting over a nude underslip with detachable straps.

Images above: Photos of me taken by William Williams.  Also: Below me: Donna Karen (left) and Ann Demeulemeester.    The fabulousness that is DKNY SS13, currently on sale on Net a Porter.  Reiss SS13 dress favourites and finally, a new find, DSTM (Don’t Shoot The Messengers) whose wonderful creations deserve a blog feature of their own (coming soon!)

If you liked this feature, other posts in this series you might like are:

Femme Noir: T by Alexander Wang Little Black Dress

Nasty Gal Little Black Dress

Have you seen or bought any little black dresses you think I should know about? Please leave me a comment below!