For her second ready-to-wear collection, designer Delphine Delafon — best known for her pick-and-mix bucket bags — invited the fashion crowd to a wake.
Around the dearly departed (played by a good-sport male model lying on a bier) — dressed in Delafon, bien sûr — sat a number of rough-and-tumble desperadas in Paris-meets-South America- and Sicily-inspired mourning regalia, tattoos and skin on show. Looks included a patent pleather pencil skirt with a ruffle; a zippered bodysuit in white latex with black trim worn with fishnets and an unbuttoned velvet shirtdress; a generously proportioned pinstripe trouser suit, and a dark green and wine bicolor velvet catsuit.
No portent of doom should be read into the macabre mise-en-scène — severed veal’s head notwithstanding, insisted Delafon backstage. “I just wanted to run with the aesthetics of the collection, there’s no symbol behind it. It’s just about pulling people into a story, a universe.” she explained.
Of course, there were bags to go with each look, including bucket bags with metal handles or a shoulder strap; a vertical rectangular shoulder bag, and a half-moon shape with grommets or fringe (Delafon also wore a miniature version as a pendant). They were the better part of the collection.