Sunday, June 24, 2018

BEAUTY: Clothing--Ann Demeulemeester

Since Ann Demeulemeester left her own company in 2013, creative director Sébastien Meunier has kept the DNA of the house pretty much intact. No surprise there since he had designed the men's collection under Demeulemeester since 2010. So he knows what he is doing.

And for this SS '19 outing at Paris Fashion Week, the house's lyrical, dreamy silhouettes from the 18th and 19th centuries continued (see previous posts of such collections here, here, and here). Such Romantic, historical clothing is my weak spot and takes me back to my own New Romantic days in the 80s. This particular collection full of tulle, lace, and floppy hats seems to be infused with a dreamy, hazy sense of warm afternoons...spent watching clouds pass by while lying in wheat fields at the edge of a little village of thatched cottages. The structured jackets and coats which reference another era pair well with looser coats that drape like silky bathrobes (I used to have a beautiful blue silk bathrobe I would wear like a lightweight overcoat). The generously cut and gathered pirate shirts are always fun. Soutache details, trailing straps, and sandals that lace up with leather or jute add texture. And of course the pink and gold jacquard pieces add a sense of Bouguereau to the proceedings.

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