A.F.Vandevorst, Always and Forever
Designers, An Vandevorst and Filip Arickx, mark 20 years of marriage with a wedding-inspired collection.
Having celebrated the label’s 20th anniversary in February — with a retrospective runway show at Paris’ Haute Couture Fashion Week — the husband and wife design duo commemorate another milestone in Milan: their 20th wedding anniversary.
Honouring the centuries-old tradition of wedding dressing, SS’19 reimagines classic garments through an A.F.Vandevorst lense. Traditional textiles from vintage wedding gowns like satin, cotton poplin and lace, in shades of white, ivory and sky blue, oscillate between the brand’s iconic palette of army green and pitch black.
Casual read-to-wear pieces receive a special day treatment: an oversized satin hoodie, with embroidered pockets and sleeves, is paired with cycling shorts and thigh-high embellished boots; an archetypal wedding dress, with lace sleeves and a scallop tiered skirt, is deconstructed and worn like an asymmetric tunic.
Other elevated reworks include tailored satin trousers heavily adorned with white sequins, and a wedding-turned-cocktail mini dress worn on one shoulder. Veils in all shapes and sizes, and traditional-style wedding dresses are also present: a slim cut strapless jacquard number exudes simple elegance, while a gown with a long, voluminous train, constructed from a patchwork of ivory fabrics, offers an extravagant iteration.
Aside from the strong wedding references, a number of pieces channel A.F. Vandevorst’s trademark aesthetic including graphic t-shirts with silk puffed sleeves, featuring the label’s signature medical cross logo, and masculine tuxedo suits, dissected and reimagined for the modern woman. Two prints stand out from the lineup: a top, trouser and cape combination shrouded with a gritty black and white flower print, and a laidback hooded tracksuit ensemble covered in a wedding ring motif.
After 20 years as leaders in ready-to-wear fashion, last year the duo decided to realign their design strategy to focus solely on special capsule collections (as seen above), and footwear. In fact, outfits for the show are paired with an eclectic assortment of mules, sneakers, and boots, in colourful exotic snake prints and embroidered jacquard, while a small selection of handbags feature throughout – a first for A.F. Vandevorst on the runway – including totes, cross-bodies, and saddle purses with rivets and flower prints, alluding to a wedding bouquet.