November 25 2011
Who’d have thought that the high-fashion priestess Ann Demeulemeester, known for her avant-garde approach, would produce something as convenient as a capsule collection? Well, she has – and praise be, for the Belgian designer’s first foray into all things capsule is just in time for Christmas and, naturally, it’s perfect for fashionistas, but most especially those often difficult-to-buy-for 20-something trend-savvy hipsters – both men and women.
The collection is exclusive to every stylist’s favourite go-to e-tailer, thecorner.com, and has just four pieces, all in black (bien sûr): a unisex waistcoat in soft leather with a cotton back (first picture, £690); utterly wearable, tapered casual trousers with stud-embossed leather belt (the trousers are cut differently for men and women, but both cost £480); a fabulous, voluminous soft-leather slouch bag, again stud-embossed (second picture, £560); and, my favourite, a tank top with a spattery “snow print” (£230) that, as it is 20 per cent cashmere (80 per cent cotton) qualifies, in my book at least, as a “Christmas sweater”. But with neither reindeer nor snowman in sight, it has to be the coolest one ever.