They’re a design duo who love to shock and this year Belgian husband-and-wife team An Vandevorst and Filip Arickx delivered again with a catwalk featuring some of the weirdest designs seen at London Fashion Week yet.
The pair unleashed their latest collection of curiosities at day four of Britain’s style spectacular causing almost as much of a stir as they did last year when they sent models down the runway in motorcycle helmets.
In the autumn/winter 2016 looks for AF Vandevorst, models had their faces wrapped in tightly wound belts while others looked as though blood was splattered around their eyes.
Models may be hired for their striking faces, but the designers weren’t interested in the beauty’s features in this show and made sure many sported belts wound several times across their cheeks, nose and mouth, leaving just one eye exposed.
One unlucky catwalk queen also saw a series of chains draped over the belts while she had just a crack to see through.
Some of the belts appeared comfier than others with several made of a soft velvet while others were adorned with silver chains and were made of leather.
Although many of the models’ faces were hidden at today’ presentation at Brewer Street Car Park, unlike prior seasons some were left on show but the husband and wife team were sure to leave their mark.Continuing on from their previous season the Belgian husband-wife team An Vandevorst and Filip Arickx concealed the models faces so as to accentuate their figures
Unlike last season which saw the models’ faces concealed by knitted masks and bicycle helmets their AW16 collection (left and right) saw them manage to walk the catwalk with velvet belts wound tightly around their faces leaving just one eye exposed
However not all their faces were hidden and those that weren’t made an eye popping statement with violent red make-up
And for the women whose faces were on show, their make-up consisted of splattered red paint on their eyes – a bold contrast to the more muted make-up seen at Erdem, Roksanda Ilincic and Burberry.
Models’ eyes were awash with colour as they appeared to be made-up with splats of paint over and underneath their eyelids.
The bright pigments of blue and red seemed to have been created using a soft powder and the models’ hair was pinned half up half down in a devil may care manner.
Compared to the accessories the clothes were relatively pared down with models taking to the runway in chunky knits, velvet dresses, leather jackets and fishnet stockings – all with a classic punk-inspired Vandevorst deconstructed twist.
The bright pigments of blue and red seemed to have been created using a soft powder. Pictured left and right: Models backstage
The models’ hair was pinned half up half down in a devil may care manner. Pictured: Models backstage at today’s show
The Belgian designers launched their first collection in Paris in 1998 after graduating from the Fashion School of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp.
They launched a shoe collection in 2003 and naturally segued into a lingerie line three years later.
The label is best known for their contrasting fabrics, textures and colours.
The pair often layer silky lingerie-inspired pieces with tailored jackets, reworked white cotton button-downs, or dramatic capes.
Compared to the statement accessories the clothing was relatively subdued with heavy coats and knee high boots making several appearances on the runway
Velvet floor length dresses would equally not look out of place on the red carpet during awards season