Amid the serene silence of l’Oratoire du Louvre, a sudden, raw noise emanates, not from the echoes of the past, but from the future – Spring 2024, where Enfants Riches Déprimés unveils a collection marking a solemn dance between vulnerability and harsh reality. The raw noise of a babydoll shaped theremin is an unanticipated guest, drawing whispers from the sacred space, echoing the intrinsic contradictions that define this collection.
“Imagine an American, lost, yet utterly immersed in a European town,” says Henri Levy, the enigmatic mind behind the brand. His words paint a vivid scene, setting the stage for a show that is a journey through multiple epochs, blending seamlessly into the spatial elegance of surroundings steeped in profound history.
The sharp tailoring of an antique silk tapestry coat bears witness to the brand’s unyielding dedication to luxury craft, encapsulating a story told with every stitch, every weave. Lambskin leather, soft yet constructed, opposes graceful silk charmeuse and virgin wool. The meticulous handiwork, the frequent and careful distressing of garments, these are silent sonnets of the brand’s enriched narrative.
Yet, there’s an unavoidable pull towards western imagery, an alliance with punk aesthetics, and an homage to the new romantics. It’s a convergence of worlds where black and white palettes swirled in the historic atmosphere are intercepted by muted red and pink tones. Enfants Riches Déprimés’ Spring 2024 collection becomes a canvas where angelic and perverse entities aren’t just visitors but intrinsic elements, ever-evolving.
Leather outerwear, high heeled boots, garter belts – these aren’t mere accessories but proclamations, narratives of individuals embroiled in their own tumultuous journey of ecstatic discovery. “It’s a search for purity,” Levy explains, where monochrome outfits aren’t symbols of desolation but rather, signify a stark, profound revelation of self.
Amidst the solemn echoes of l’Oratoire du Louvre, Enfants Riches Déprimés doesn’t just showcase a collection; they narrate a haunting, elegantly melancholic tale of lost Americans, their souls echoing the vulnerability and audacity of a brand that is unafraid to dwell within the profound silences and noise of existence. Spring 2024 isn’t a mere season; it’s an experience, a profound moment where time, space, and human essence converge in the silent echoes of historical richness.
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