Several years ago I visited Germany and, while shopping, I couldn’t help but marvel at all the minimalist creations in storefronts as well as on the pared-down women who wore them in cafés, on bicycles and grocery shopping. The simplicity of the outfits gave them a fashionable air, and I found myself trying to emulate such effortless and timeless style.
Antwerp-based A. F. Vandevorst ‘s aesthetic takes very much the same minimalist approach: interesting shapes and silhouettes, neutral colors, and lots of texture — in pieces you would wear season after season.
With their own line of lingerie, the husband-and-wife duo behind Vandevorst has collaborated with Belgian lingerie label Marie Jo L’Aventure to create a mini-collection for fall 2010.
How did such a collaboration come about? An Vandevorst explains it as such: “Marie Jo L’Aventure asked us for our vision of lingerie, so we came up with a unique piece — a felt bustier, very artisanal, with no seams.”
What makes this collection so unique is that the felt was altered and replicated into a highly technical fabric (a photographic print gives it the illusion of felt), so that while it looks warm and woolly, it’s actually quite weightless and soft!
Set to be released on September 15, the capsule collection premiered last week where six models stood on individual platforms that showed off the felt-like creations. But don’t expect the slightest ruffle, bow or lace accent here! Instead, the only adornment on the beautifully crafted lingerie are tiny silver studs.
Of the beige/nude and charcoal pieces, my pick has to be the nude felt-like bodysuit — wouldn’t it look sharp under a high-waisted skirt or trouser and paired with a streamlined blazer?
For more information visit mariejo.com.