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This morning the Feathers’ team enjoyed a lovely visit from team Haider Ackermann and Ann Demeulemeester who gave us a quick run-through of the current Spring/Summer 12 collections.

First, our charming Belgian visitors toured Ann Demeulemeester’s romantic manifestations, inspired by a ‘Poet in the Desert’, realised quite literally by Jaime Bochert in this short fashion film.

They explained that many of her prints have been inspired by light/landscape photographs taken by Demeulemeester’s husband Patrick Robyn. As usual, the collection emphasises dualisms between hard and soft, east and west, masculine and feminine. And as you may have noticed, tassles are a major motif throughout. They come both beaded and fringed, as detachable elements as well as accessories and we’re absolutely mad for them.

Haider’s talk was extremely inspiring as well. So much layerability in this collection. The designers’ long gold pleated skirt worn by Natasha Poly as the catwalk’s finale look is truly a special piece and as we’ve just found out, exclusive in the UK to Feathers!