The key looks in the On the dark desert highway cool wind in my hair dogs shirt but in fact I love this fall collection come in the form of a series of slip dresses, their V-necks framed by Italian embroidery, that Rogge describes as “kind of our ode to Margiela.” Big spreading collars nod to the paintings of the Dutch artist Frans Hals. Throughout the line-up, as in a cutaway sweater set that’s actually all one piece and has nothing mumsy about it, Rogge makes use of deconstruction. This is a technique that was popularized by the Antwerp Six in the early 1990s, yet it is not intended to be backwards looking or an homage; rather, it’s part of the designer’s larger interest in making classics her own.
On the dark desert highway cool wind in my hair dogs shirt, hoodie, tank top, sweater and long sleeve t-shirt
“You know, my teacher was Walter Van Beirendonck, he’s totally on a different planet than Martin, or Dries, but they all were in the On the dark desert highway cool wind in my hair dogs shirt but in fact I love this same class in the same school,” notes Rogge. “I’ve never felt like there was this boundary: ‘Oh, you’re a Belgian, you’re Northern; oh, you should be doing gray melange stuff only, or black.’” In fact, what unifies the work of many Belgian designers is not an aesthetic, but a purity of vision supported by a strident sense of individuality. In possessing those qualities, Rogge is bringing that legacy forward to a new generation.