As the lights dimmed and the music started, flowing dark woolen pieces trailed behind ornately plumed models fitted into robust jackets and pants. They projected the primal strength of a contemporary woman conquering the elements with fierce elegance. Fashion is and always has been about survival, after all.
It’s clear that Ann Demeulemeester’s aesthetic is “edgy.” That certainly hasn’t changed this season, evident in the collection's spectacular theatrics.
Obviously, you won’t see every woman rocking the crow feather framed accents, hefty leather belts and striking elbow length gloves again. It’s quite a reasonable bet though, that leather isn’t out, and agreeable woolen and cotton pieces will work with most.
The collection channeled Native America elements in ornate beaded designs and graphics accentuating prehistoric imagery. This was also evident in the skins and furs resembling mammoth garments of the last glacial period. Verging away from mostly black hues, brown, gold, yellow and indigo were notable palettes, adding intrigue to an otherwise pronounced theme. Once more, we saw scarlet as a striking contrast to deep black shades.
Cloaking and layering were back, and how nice to couple this trend with horsehair fringed belts and pleated trousers. An element that will have any woman gasping is the meticulous embroidery in jackets, coats, and tank dresses. Paired with the beautiful accessories of knot tassel earrings and silver plated bracelets, these will complement any style from classic to contemporary to avant-garde. **All photos: Imaxtree