Sebastien Meunier had a very specific source of inspiration in mind for Ann Demeulemeester‘s Spring/Summer 2018 runway show at Paris Fashion Week Men’s: the relationship between Robert Mapplethorpe and Patti Smith. Said Meunier:
It was about Mapplethorpe in his life at the Chelsea hotel… We wanted to give an homage to this boheme period that was very creative in the ’70s and ’80s in New York… It’s a mens show, but of course we have a women’s pre-collection too. It’s something that we have to present. But I want to present it in a beautiful way for the story — not forced. It is the story of Mapplethorpe and Patti.
The range is perfectly on point. Echoing the aesthetic of the two icons, the French designer opted for a predominately black and white color palette, juxtaposing the likes of trim tanks and a linen-constructed jean vest with signature strap and buckle details. Other highlights include badass leather boots and the biker jackets to go with it, not to mention sheer jumpers and crisp white button-downs with exaggerated silhouettes. The result? A collection that looks like it came straight from the shared closet of the creative polymaths.