A.F. Vandevorst Fall/Winter 2012 Ready to Wear

it was all about the clothes for the A.F. Vandevorst’s Fall 2012 collection. Models with faces completely obscured by swaddling scarves and hats brought forth ample knits and trench coats, cinched at the waist by wide leather belts. Initially leaving all to the imagination, arms were obscured with long leather gloves; legs covered by knit stockings or lush black leather boots. Then, suddenly, peaks of skin began to materialize. A strapless black jumpsuit revealed plump shoulders, while a mid thigh length shirtdress skirted thighs. It seems designers Filip Arickx and An Vandevorst fancied playing with extremes. While the first look, a belted trench coat replete with face obscuring scarf and hat, covered every inch of skin, a final look, a sheer lace jumpsuit exposing underpinnings, showed off all too much. To balance it all out, lines were long, with many the floor length coat or dress dusting the ground in spools of silken chiffon. Monochromatic ensembles prevailed until the final movement, when raised gold fabric and jewel embellishments came into play in black mini skirts, studded pants, and endlessly glamorous wool coats

knee and floor length trench coats, select skirt and dress hems grazed mid thigh

gray, black, forest green, bronze, burnished gold

knits, fur, silk, merino wool, nubby knits, velvet

wide belts accentuated the waist, silken dresses fell away from the body, a variety of forms, though most skewed shape skimming

large fedoras and scarves not only swaddled the neck, but also covered the face, long leather gloves, ankle and over the knee black leather boots. Belts of various size, from skinny to wide

Claire Sulmers

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