March 04, 2009 Paris
On the more obvious side, this concept resulted in a sleeping-bag coat in wool felt quilted up the back with geometric shapes; and silk dresses and rabbit-fur vests checkerboarded or chevroned in complementary shades of green, gray, and brown. On the subtler side, it produced trenches with built-out shoulders and a floor-length dress with eye-grabbing diamond-shaped insets on the sides. Tangentially, there were dolman-sleeved cotton shirts in horse-blanket stripes (one in loden green and black, the other ivory and black) worn with jodhpurs. But, unsurprisingly, this wasn't equestrian like you've seen it on other runways: Note the platform boots that looked like horse hooves. Still, footwear aside, this collection contained plenty of real-world clothes, not always a given at an A.F. Vandevorst show, and Filip and An should be taking plenty of girls along for the ride this season.