Jean-Paul Lespagnard "I Could Be Yours"

Belgian fashion designer Jean-Paul Lespagnard recently presented his first women's ready-to-wear collection during Paris Fashion Week in March 2011. His collection was shown in the Social Club in Paris. ILOVEBELGIUM

Lespagnard organized 9 mini-shows to present his first born collection. We suppose the models must have been exhausted in the end (certainly with those dangerously high clogs) but it didn't show! The show was very Lespagnard, meaning a healthy sense of drama (he has created the costumes for several theatre and dance productions and is a regular collaborator of choreographer Meg Stuart / Damaged Goods) mixed with feminine elegance. Jean-Paul Lespagnard himself said: "I want to offer luxury, not material luxury but the real thing: the freedom to be who you want to be."

"I Could Be Yours!", the title of his Fall Winter  2011/2012  collection is based on a story about a bourgeois lady walking on a road through the forest at dawn. There she encounters a Japanese Dekotora Truck and it's love at first sight! The dekotora , an abreviation for "Decoration Truck", is a kind of decorated truck most commonly found in Japan. They have neon or coloured lights, extravagant paints, and shiny metal or golden exterior parts. These decorations can be found on both the cab and the trailer, not only on the exterior but also the interior, where truckers usually use baroque fabrics and crystal lamps. They are also referred to as Art Trucks.

The fusion between these two worlds results in a seventy piece collection. A complete wardrobe including formal and evening wear as well as more casual pieces. The fabrics used are a mix of luxurious and rough materials. Extravagant glitter vinyl fabric (you could perfectly upholster your Dekotora Truck seat with it) creating new volumes for jackets, a seat belt corset but also very simple oversize t-shirts with prints or well cut flare pants and comfy pantsuits. Jean-Paul wants everybody to wear his collection and we wish it was already ours.
photo: Laetitia Bica

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