Annemie Verbeke autumn—winter 1999—00.
Annemie Verbeke has a ‘thing’ about tricot. Back in 1979 she found herself at the Belgian Breigoed (Knitwear) Federation, where for some time she compiled trend books for the Belgian industry, together with Martin Margiela, amongst others. She especially made a name for herself with her own knitwear collection, which she continued for six seasons, starting in 1987. Later she entered the prêt-à-porter trade, developing a great many activities. In addition, she became (and still is) a colour consultant in London and Paris, and began teaching at La Cambre’s styling atelier.
In 1999 she launched a completely new line: tricot with woven pieces added. Her new collection is lightweight, simple, sensitive, refreshing, poetic and, at the same time, comfortable. Material and colour, and their interrelationship, are very much in evidence, shapes are always simple.
Anne Verbeke is always searching for what is intense, tactile, with traditional and high-tech fabrics alike, whilst continuing to be a master in the creation of colour, thanks to her long experience in that field.
She deserves her aesthetics from her keen observation of reality and the resulting reveries. She seeks to combine the concrete and the artistic, and to generate dynamism from that, creating a coherent picture.
She herself describes her clothing as a renewed — or progressive — classical silhouette.
Annemie Verbeke: Not long ago I saw a woman of about 75 in Flagey Square: she was wearing a K-way, with a jumper underneath and a skirt that was just below the knee… she looked exactly the way I’d like my collection to look. I know 99% of people don’t notice it, and she didn’t know either. It’s the street scene that appeals to me. I think a perfectly dressed woman is fantastic, but she won’t inspire me.