September 27, 2013 Paris
After a decade and a half in business, the most marked characteristic of the husband-and-wife pair is their storytelling approach to each collection. Tonight's show was no different. For Spring, they imagined their girl on some sort of trip. Whether through the desert or on the beach wasn't clear, but one side of each model's outfit and half of her hairdo were plastered in sand, as if, perhaps, she fell asleep there, or rolled around with a lover. Either way, this was an evocative show. A long jersey wrap dress barely held in place by a grosgrain ribbon had a soigné glamour; same goes for other dresses that were clingy in back and draped asymmetrically from squares of fabric in front. Vandevorst and Arickx have a good sense of their own strengths. The show left you hopeful about their next fifteen years.