As work is winding down and my time is freeing up, rather than concentrating on the recipe to the perfect roast potato (no point really as Style Salvage Steve has the formula DOWN to perfection), I'm instead going to be playing catch up with posts that have been hanging around my desktop for FAR too long. To take them beyond 2009 would frankly be a travesty to the very nature of blogging.
So Anna Heylen. Dolls. Antwerp. Right, Antwerp… wasn't it yoooooooooonks ago that you went there, Susie? You would be right and every other blogger who took part on the Antwerp Shopping Trail has covered this already but I a) wanted to salute the dolls that hang on the walls of Antwerp-based designer Anna Heylen's store (and maison) and b) give praise to this ickle cape that I like to swing about like an amateur matador.
It was interesting to learn that long before Barbie got involved in Roksanda Ilincic-clad limited editons or Lanvin had ceramic dolls made up as gifts, Heylen created a set of dolls in 1993 that started off an obsession where the designer can mess about with miniature versions of her clothes. They've also evolved from faceless, hessian-dressed identikit dolls to mutilated ones covered in red latex and now the ones that sit proudly on the feature wall at her store are swathed in luxurious fabrics. There's plenty of great prose that explains her dolls on her website but basically to sum up what her current incarnation of fashion dolls do… "Drowned in their vanity, they examine themselves in the reflection of the mirrors and pearls."
Unrelated to the dolls, Heylen has a small range entitled "Fur Recuperation", that uses salvaged vintage fur to reform them into different pieces The little strip of re-used fur on this blue pleated cape, which I bought, is just enough of the soft stuff for me though the jacket with this wood-like patternation was also fairly tempting.
It's not a rigid cape as such but the pleats in it keeps it in place so it doesn't floop about too much…
(Worn with New Look body, which is still in my possession for now, Swagga and Soul leather trousers, Acne shoes)