A F Vandevorst
Belgian design team A.F. Vandevorst have come to define a new kind of laid-back cool. Filip Arickx and An Vandevorst are the duo that forms A.F. Vandevorst. Their paths crossed in 1987 whilst attending the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp. After graduating in 1991, An became the assistant of Dries Van Noten, whilst Filip assisted Dirk Bikkembergs. It wasn't until 1998 that they decided to combine their imaginations in order to create a womenswear collection. After their second collection, AF Vandevorst was awarded the Venus de la Mode, a prestigious prize given to young designers at Paris Fashion Week. A 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. Their designs mix both raw and sophisticated materials, juxtapose fluid and structured lines, and also incorporate embroideries and prints.