July 09, 2001 Paris
During the latest couture collections, it took Mispelaere a mere 14 looks to demonstrate his considerable cutting skills. Referencing the creative process of the fashion atelier, Mispelaere based every outfit on a humble tulle bodysuit, piling on spiral skirts, hooded capes, inside-out jackets and riding coatsmany with visible outlined stitching, as if they had been pulled prematurely from the hands of their doting seamstresses. The final dress was a long, black, monastic sheath, with one detail that earned it the name "Uninhibited": A single, strategic cutout daintily exposed one of model Stella Tennant's breasts.
Artful experiments notwithstanding, Mispelaere generally puts the emphasis on hip separates that can be worn with jeans or T-shirts, creating a new, more youthful brand of couture. If the 33-year-old designer can translate his abundance of ideas into accessible clothing for his ready-to-wear line, the house of Féraud could indeed be on its way to reclaiming its former glory.