A.F. Vandervost’s 10 best draped looks

AF Vandevorst is the Belgian fashion label started by An Vandevorst (born 1968) and Filip Arikcx (born 1971), a married couple who met at Antwerp’s Royal Academy in 1987 before setting up together in 1997. After their second collection, AF Vandevorst were awarded the Venus de la Mode, a prestigious prize given to young designers at Paris Fashion Week. One year later they were invited to design the Ruffo Research collection for Spring-Summer and Autumn-Winter 2000, an accolade bestowed on young designers by the luxury Italian leather company Ruffo.

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The duo have come to be known for their deft contrasts in fabrics, textures, and colors, often layering silky lingerie- inspired pieces with tailored jackets, reworked white cotton button-downs, or dramatic capes. They have also produced a number of aptly tailored draped clothes with an excessive amount of fabric cut on the bias and placed over the body in a certain area. The styling which causes the fabric to create a slightly ruched effect is magnificent and is then usually tucked into place or pinned, usually crossing over the body and accessorised with a belt or broach. Check out some of their best draped creations below for inspiration on how to create a perfect draped garment.

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From their Fall 2016 runway show the designers rolled out designs that gave a whole new outlook to denim and shirt dresses. Roughly layered denim and shirt fabric complimented with a corset belt delivered trendy draped looks for the closet.

A.F. Vandevorst signature styles of frogging, tailoring, leanness, sculpted and draped volume for effect recurred in this Spring 2016 collection most strongly on a set of navy blue dresses that had an otherworldly glow.

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For the Spring 2013 Ready to Wear collection, models shed their many layers and their dark colours at the end of the show and they were wearing summer whites, including a couple of the crisp shirts that have long been a trademark for the duo in draped styles accessories with belts and transparent huts.

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For Spring 2014 Ready to Wear Collection, they imagined a girl on some sort of trip either through the desert or on the beach and one side of each model’s outfit and half of her hairdo were plastered in sand. The dresses were clingy in back and draped asymmetrically from squares of fabric in front. Click here to join us!

Written by: Faith Katunga