Designers An Vandevorst and Filip Arickx of A.F. Vandevorst took a great deal of inspiration from their recent visit to Peru. They then took what they saw back home where they created the avant-garde, Belgian ready-to-wear collection for fall 2015. Their cultural interpretation was, to me, reminiscent of the late Alexander McQueen. The theme and theatrics spoke for what the color scheme could not.
As I am not Parisian, Peruvian or Belgian, my style interpretation turned out quite the opposite. Carine Roitfeld and many others have said that in Paris black and white are not a proper match. This rule will only apply to me when I visit someday—so until then, black denim and a white blouse are suitable in my fashion book. The Belgian way also has an unwritten rule of style, and that rule is that neutrals are always in. The black and gray tones of their outerwear will stay on my mind as these colors are near and dear to the heart of my wardrobe and personal style.
For my STYLE GURU STYLE I chose a light pink, BCBGMAXAZRIA silky trench coat. The color of the jacket complemented the shade of my favorite oversized leather handbag. All of the accessories I styled together were, for the most part, black and silver. The Circus by Sam Edelman booties were cohesive and the perfect height for my favorite NYDJ skinnies. My accessories gave off a sort of fun Coachella-esque vibe. The peaceful and positive symbols are always a nice accent and change from your everyday pieces.
The show also certainly featured a lot of defensive elements. These elements ranged from plastic surroundings, to the face masks worn by models and the “protective onesies” which were given to attendees. Mine serve as my own little pieces of armor. I cannot imagine the reactions that would have ensued if I had opted for their more severe, statement pieces in Upstate New York instead.
Truth be told, I can’t wait to wear this jacket again. These pieces amalgamate so well, and they’re relaxed while still being chic. It’s everything a Fashionista/o could hope for in our day to day warm weather attire.