Ann Demeulemeester just did what she does best: creating a dark and twisted, yet desirably feminine and cheerful collection. Her new Spring 2014 woman was meant to match her man of the same season, and thus sported similar looks, adorned with tattoo and stripe patterns.
Nonchalantly walking down the runway, this season's model line-up was dressed in bitter-sweet womenswear; featuring a few girly hues of ancient pink and ruby red on striped vests, worn over head-to-toe tattoo embroidered shift dresses and second-skin pants, mostly in red and black. As much as these patterns might have looked overloaded to some, the fabrics counterbalanced their weight, as Demeulemeester opted for sheer tulle, light silk, and muslins. The fit was – and that's something the Belgian designer is quiet reputed for – very strict, with chunky leather belts that clenched the hips, and sharply tailored tuxedos and coats. The looks came very naturally, with further leggy dresses and skirts, revealing cheeky front splits, and layered looks, that added some casualness.
The beauty department always has a word to say, during Ann Demeulemeester shows: the hair was wet, slicked, and rigid, covered with a tulle head-piece creation, while the faces were simply pale white, for a total grunge look. Just as grungy, as Suicide's soundtrack “Cheree”, which paced the models' vivid steps towards the finale of the show.