Ann Demeulemeester



Paris: Ann Demeulemeester has built her cult following by giving her customers variations on a dark, minimalist theme. It is to her credit as a designer that she still manages to evolve that aesthetic to not only satisfy her loyal patrons, but also attract new fans. For Fall 2011, Demeulemeester presented her share of edgy black separates (they were almost insurmountably intimidating this season) including tough-girl motorcycle jackets with corseted strips of leather hanging menacingly off the hems, but colored furs and touches of ruffles added a soft edge and wearability to the sometimes harsh pieces. It was a delicate balancing act and even somewhat unexpected, but that is exactly what keeps Demeulemeester relevant and in the top ranks of fashion.

Color: Black, brown, blue, red

Key Items: Leather motorcycle jacket with corseted leather strips / Multi-colored fur / Cropped self-stripe jacket / Ruffled dress / Black feather-embellished gown

Materials: Leather / Fur / Rayon / Lace / Wool / Feathers

Details + Trim: Zippers / Ruffles / Corset detailing / Slightly peaked shoulders / Draping / Pleating / Chevron stripes

Footwear + Accessories: Falconry gloves / Ankle boots / Over-the-knee legging boots / Feather headpieces and necklaces / Wide leather belt with feather embellishments

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