March 01, 2013 Paris
That's a whole lot of background for a show with just 16 looks. If appearances suggested that the duo had spent too much time and energy on this season's origin story and not enough on what really matters, in the end the fashion didn't disappoint. With its dark palette, abundance of paisleys, and concentration of floor-scraping dresses and skirts, the clothes had a nice sense of drama. It was a mood aided and abetted by a pair of military jackets that featured large, slightly askew patch pockets, and fastened on the side as if they'd been pulled on in a hurry. The jackets pointed up the designers' tailoring skills, as did a wrap coat in green and navy paisley cinched by a wide leather belt. This was a vivid outing from the A.F. Vandevorst team.