September 13, 2002 London
Now, with the backing of the giant Italian manufacturer Gibo, Verhoeven has been thrust into the limelight with her own collection. At 33, shes a child of the 80s, and the girl she sent out is the personification of the teen who came of age listening to Yaz and Culture Club. She paraded two-tone graphics and clashing colorblocked outfits, frilly blouses, rah-rah skirts and conical-heel pumps. The collection is self-consciously clunkyclothes for a girl making a desperate stab at being glam for her first foray to a disco, only to spend the evening blushing in the corner. Havent we all been there?
Gibo has serious plans for Verhoeven’s designs, including opening a store here next January. Franco Penne, who heads up the company, said he chose a Londoner to create this collection because Milan is about business, but London, whether it is up or down, is about creativity.