I’ve been hearing rumors of Ann Demeulemeester’s retirement as of late.
Ann Demeulemeester SS14 Womens
Ann my dear… Of course this is amazing. Perfect even.
I loved the men’s collection earlier this year but the prints and embroidery is a little too playful for my personal taste. Now apply that same whimsy and elegance to a women’s outfit and it is nigh perfection.
I can’t be disappointed by Ann as I’ve surely mentioned before but I can’t even begin to see any faults in this collection. The whole aesthetic direction seems so suited for women it’s undeniable how gorgeous these looks are.
The hats, although I doubt we will see many on the streets, are perhaps the most beautiful part of the collection. The oversize warped brims float down the runway as if the models are adorned with giant flower petals.
Ann Demuelemeester Spring Summer 2014
Ann returns to spring in a most playful and lighthearted manor. She maintains that dark brooding feel while adding splashes of color and and print.
The collection was inspired by Ann’s own garden as well as the idea of ‘a leisurely Sunday afternoon stroll’ which I feel is evident in the fits. This season see’s a return to a more form fitting Ann. Garments that are easy to live in and look easier to move in than past offerings. I feel she captured that playful feeling that an unencumbered Sunday holds. Lighthearted and relaxed but still very within the bounds of Ann’s design scheme.
Parts of the collection are incredibly busy and when layered as bountifully as on the runway almost reminds one of The Soloist. This is certainly a new direction from Ann and while I can’t say I don’t miss the minimalism I feel this will be adopted by more than just the regular Ann clientele.
I see a lot of areas in this collection where Ann clearly went back and reworked older designs to a point of such refinement. One thing I have noticed is the jackets seem a bit slimmer and perhaps more form fitting than previous seasons. This is something I can get behind as a slim gentleman.
Ann fits in to that category with Yohji where I know what to expect each season and I find it hard to be disappointed. When someone can design so confidently and in such an unwavering sense while still providing this level of progression it’s hard to find anything wrong. This seems like the most audacious although possibly most wearable Ann collection in a few seasons. As always I look forward to more details on this collection.
Ann Demeulemeester Spring Summer 2014
”As Demeulemeester explained backstage, her inspiration came from an idea of taking a leisurely Sunday afternoon stroll. “I wanted something really light, with a bit of humor and good feeling,” she sad. The design of the wisteria vines that were the leitmotif for the collection came from Demeulemeester’s own garden, of course.”
Beautifully styled editorial from Antonioli
Ann Demeulemeester FW 13 Women’s
I shouldn’t even bother covering Ann’s work anymore, I don’t know what to say about it… She is really amazing at what she does and it is made ever clearer with each new collection. I feel like she is really a designer I could put all my hopes in to and never be disappointed.
What really speaks to me here is the duality of elegance and strength. This is such a common thing for Ann to evoke but it is demonstrated so perfectly here in the pony hair combat boots. Such an aggressive design subdued with the supple soft animal hair and femininity.
Ann Demeulemeester SS2013 Womenswear Lookbook
Every glimpse of this collection that I am allowed makes me fall deeper in love with Ann… as if that is possible.
Ann Demeulemeester after her Fall Winter 2013 show
She is so stunning with the angelic light behind her
Ann Demeulemeester FW13
Wow… just… wow… I can’t say I’ve ever been disappointed by Ann and this season isn’t where I’m going to start. Yet again her offering is sublime, on point, and aggressive enough to satisfy my needs.
I am a little disappointed to see the removal of the gradients and dip dyes from the previous seasons but those were kind of a trend. Here she returns to her more simplified pauper-esque roots.
The part of the collection that jumps out most to me has to be the layering and it’s extremity. Despite producing them so much I never really associate Ann with long shirts and that kind of proportion but here is shines. The long flowing shirts poking out from under the tight vests as well as the huge billowing coats are a bit of a departure from what I normally anticipate although I am quite drawn in by it here.