"On the other side of the world, shadows fell on the girl who had recorded Horses. With her true love gravely ill, she was fated to continue life without him. At a time of deep loneliness she received a package from Antwerp—an exquisite white box tied with black ribbon—like a photograph by Robert Mapplethorpe. She set it on her worktable by the window, laid the ribbons aside, and raised the lid. There, beneath layers of immaculate tissue, were three white shirts. She unfolded and spread them in the light, examining every stitch. In truth, I was that girl and this modest gesture produced the joy of recognition. I understood that I was not alone. When at long last I stepped back upon the stage, the girl of Flanders brushed the dust from my shoulder, adjusted my collar, and laced my boots. Unconditional friendship radiated from her shy yet playful smile. Freedom exists in the soul of one's work. Ann bequeaths this intangible aspect to the wearer. It can be felt as one buttons a weightless chemise or dons a mystically bonding coat. It can be felt in a feathered circle, in winter flakes falling upon the black sleeves of night." - An excerpt from Patti Smith's introduction "The Girl of Flanders" taken from Ann Demeulemeester, published by Rizzoli.
Photo Olivier Zahm
Photo Paul Mouginot
Photo Flo Kohl
My friend Gio Forfex, is an Italian shoe designer who has been doing big things lately. He's collaborated with Hood by Air, and for his new S/S 2015 Forfex collection he's teamed up with SUPER to design some cool sunglasses as well. He is my favorite shoe designer, but I can never understand what he's saying. We got together and did a fun fashion story for his S/S 2015 collection of shoes and sunglasses with our friend Dana Wright and asked Heathermary Jackson to style it.
Photo and text Sandy Kim, fashion editor Heathermary Jackson, hair Conrad Dornan, make-up Kento Utsubo, model Dana Wright, all footwear, clothing and accessories by Forfex, and sunglasses by Super & Forfex