… how the hell do you do that? Your clothes are fantastic. And your shoes…
The first time I noticed that your creations are something special was 1990. In Tokyo, Japan. My Japanese friend Akiko introduced me to all the complicated names – Comme des Garcons, Dries van Noten, Yohji Yamamoto, and Ann Demeulemeester. Akiko was searching for something she could wear on her graduation ball, and I was wondering what she thought she would find among all those black, long, raw-edged, layered stuff? She went for a black, long, raw-edged, layered dress, black brogues and a black delicate scarf – all from Comme des Garcons. And when she presented the whole combination I remember that I thought (to my surprise): “Wow, I wanna look so damn cool on my graduation ball, too.” OK, but back to Ann Demeulemeester. From that vacation on I kept watching out for Rei, Yohji, Dries or Ann. But apart from a few boutiques in my home town that sold the designers’ simple T-shirts for a fortune I could never get hold of any of my design icons.
More than one year ago, I saw Ann Demeulemeester’s laced-up open booties – on a blog. (And I blame my Brazilian friend Kelly for introducing me to that drug! 🙂 ) They looked fabulous, and I remembered Ann and her designer friends. I had to have them – but no chance to get hold of them. Another friend of mine, Felix, who lived in Seoul back then, got the last pair for me (and I’ll be forever grateful that he overcame the shock of paying so much money for a pair of shoes – I mean, of course I paid him back). I’m absolutely in love with my Ann D. booties, and I’ve slowly started to add other Ann D. items to my “collection”.
Here you can see me with (my booties, some Current/Elliot pants and) my latest score – a (at first glance) rather simple sleeveless black top by Ann Demeulemeester. I’ve attached some pictures, which show the same top in white on a model, so you can see all the details. It feels amazing and it is so versatile. I’m totally in love, and I keep on asking myself: How did you do that, Ann?
(pic 2, 3 via Saks)