- Text Louis Gabriel
- Photography Sara Cimino
- 23rd June 2017
Sébastien Meunier’s latest offering for Ann Demeulemeester found itself inspired by the life of legendary photographer Robert Mapplethorpe.
This translated into a trademark languidness of sparse but decisive styling, with open shirts with cut out embroidered floral detailing and trousers that sat low. The colour-scheme and materials spanned poetic pinks, peaches and Bordeaux; in crushed velvet, viscose and silk. It’s hard to deny the mood that an Ann Demulemeester show conveys, which resonates some years after the designer herself left. It’s always a hard spot to fill, especially when stepping into the shoes of one of the original pioneers of the European avant-garde. But great lengths have been taken to to keep the core DNA of Ann Demeulemeester, the darkness and romance is hard to forget. Here it was realised via visual motifs of black and white flowers affixed to the neck in full bloom, and feather pendants hanging low from the neck and swaying gently.