Veronique Branquinho resists categorization. Though a citizen of Antwerp, she's never been a Belgian Gothbut neither does she quite belong to the sunny, frilly side of fashion. Her focus, instead, is on making clothes that will allow young women to enjoy their femininity without somehow compromising their dignity. Her summer centers around just a few sound, unfreakish ideas: plain satin shift dresses and lace-trimmed slips, fine decorative camisoles and pleated wrap skirts.
Branquinho's sensitive details include wing-shaped beaded motifs on the front of T-shirts, sheer trimmings at the base of scooped-out backs, and lace bandeau bras as underpinnings. She methodically offers those pieces, without fanfare or conceptual presentation, in black, cream, or vibrant vermilion. The mixed black-and-white striped print, or the occasional trenchcoat and ombré-dyed dress shading from brown to red varied her message. It didn't qualify as one of the blockbusters of Paris fashion week, but when it comes down to summer wearability, Branquinho's contribution on the subjects of lingerie and dresses looks appealingly practical.