Anne Valérie Hash
July 05, 2004 Paris
For spring, Hash worked semitransparent gypsy skirts, layered tulle dresses, and Victoriana jackets into her mix. Some of these pieces had substance and a design quality that looked believably saleable. Others had the inconsequential air of fragments from a stylist's box of tricks, pulled out just for the show. These were the elements brought in to update Hash's more-predictable tailoring forays, like jackets with the sleeves and one front hacked off, the lining exposed on the other side. The trouble is that Hash appears to have got stuck in her groove. Much of the ground she is covering has already been explored by Belgium's first generation of deconstructionists. If she's to continue drawing attention in a competitive world, Hash needs to start cutting free from her own habits.