A.F. Vandevorst is a name that deserves more mentioning.
It is a label started in 1998 by Belgian husband-wife team An Vandevorst and Filip Arickx. The pair is known for their strong contracts in fabrics, textures, and layering techniques.
Inspired by female pilot and the gear (namely parachute) when flying, the SS15 collection has fabric and styles that can literally save you from plane-jumping, along with windblown effect tops and dresses that really seems like you are walking on air. With the stage backdrop of thick cloud and midst, it is no doubt a pilot scene. To me, I pictured Jessica (Biel) Timberlake in ‘Stealth’, a 2005 movie where she played a navy fighter pilot who had to save herself by escaping through the North Korea forest. This A.F.Vandevorst collection is made definitely for a strong personality.
The boots are heavy and tight, the one-piece overalls are right down to work, and the jackets are very nicely done (blown I mean). I love the military green, the brown, and the overall tone setting of this collection, combined with the highly 3D windblown effect, it creates a strong presence of character. Zippers, belts and pulley features have strong presence, joining every sections together with clear indication. I love the red among the earthy tone too, injecting boldness into the collection. As if blood in a deadly escape.
Just not too sure about the headpieces, though.
A.F.Vandevorst has always been progressive in their designs without intimidating the dressers. It enhances the inner strength without sacrificing the feminine silhouette of a woman.
Show video on vimeo here.
Beautiful cover image from here.