February 20, 2009 London
"This isn't retro, it's autobiography," he insisted. "It's the clothes we were wearing when I was an adolescent." Yes, they were from a charity shop, but Anastase and friends would customize them, hand-painting them and adding found bits and pieces till they were unrecognizable. The same notion animated a patchworked velvet skirt and all the items in the collection that were painted or scribbled on, like the "dementia" blouse. It wasn't hard to imagine the precocious teen Anastase working his neighborhood's last nerve with such provocations. The problem is, they still look kind of adolescent. Footnote: Anastase debuted some menswear, including a black leather jacket with "Malia Obama" writ large across its back. He said that was his way of expressing his positive feelings about America's new president.