For once, the story told at A.F. Vandevorst was not about the woman the designing duo imagined, but rather about their work itself, as the brand celebrated its fifteenth anniversary with candied almonds stamped with “Thank you” in a minute box and copious post-show amounts of champagne.
Fifteen years on, An Vandevorst and Filip Aricks are looking back on the road travelled in their quest to carve out their own aesthetic niche in the fashion landscape. So it follows that their summer 14 collection was a voyage of sorts through the varying tableaux of their inspirations.
Along the way, the A.F.Vandevorst’s voyager picked up a number of items. In no particular order: impeccable tailored and pieced jackets, faux socks-and-sandals booties, rivets on leather dresses, bloomer shorts, draped scarves shimmering with gold, mottled jacquards in shades of purple. There was a little bit of everything, yet the pair pulled it all quite neatly together. Also, this didn’t feel like a self-referential homage. On the contrary, Aricks and Vandevorst have succeeded in pinpointing the continued relevance of their structured and fluid dualities.
Sandblasting acted as a visual thread throughout the collection. An apt metaphor as if to say all the specifics had been stripped away, leaving only the quintessence of A.F.Vandevorst. And for all those times where their gist was not clear, this made up for it. Fifteen years of polishing yielded a very pretty gem.