Galeotto was that very first day of college, October 2, 1989, on the Royal Academy of Fine Arts di Anversa. Willy Vanderperre e Olivier Rizzo they stumble upon one another by mistake in a hall, they like one another, they start to frequent one another assiduously even after lessons. Thus begins a love story, and some months later additionally a creative partnership, which have lasted uninterrupted for over thirty years.
Sleeveless mini costume in stretch silk knit, Hermès.
Working most frequently in pairs – Olivier as stylist and Willy as photographer -, the Belgian inventive duo over time has collected collaborations with crucial style manufacturers, from Prada a Christian Dior, offers Jil Sander a Miu Miu, With out to neglect Raf Simons, their fellow citizen and good friend from college days. “It was a coup de foudre!” Rizzo remembers. «We think about ourselves very fortunate to have discovered a inventive associate in one another, already so younger. In our college, in these years, there was an air charged with electrical energy: the success, ranging from 1988, of the “Six of Antwerp” (the collective of avant-garde designers composed of Dries Van Noten, Ann DemeulemeesterDirk VanSaene, Walter Van Beirendonck, Dirk Bikkembergs and Marina Yee, ed), had turned on a beacon on our small city, catapulting it onto the worldwide style stage. We have been all scrambling to throw ourselves into that enviornment ».
Cashmere cardigan and wool and silk skirt, Versace; tulle bra, Gucci through Mytheresa. Cotton and silk tank high and leather-based shorts, Ludovic de Saint Sernin.
© Willy Vanderperre
After a primary photograph session collectively within the backstage of the year-end style present on the college, the 2 start to experiment with younger fashions recruited by way of avenue casting. «Extra Do It Your self than this era couldn’t have been!», Observes the stylist. “We all the time shot alone, with out assistants. The one exception was our good friend Peter Philips, who often joined the shootings as a make-up artist. We did not have a studio: all of our first shoots got here to gentle both within the Stadspark (the park the place the duo set the sequence Without end I Am A part of You and Me, from which the well-known cowl of the best-selling difficulty of i-D of February 2001 edited by Raf Simons, in addition to this month’s report for Vogue Italia, ed), or inside our first home within the Mechelseplein neighborhood. Willy spent his nights growing negatives within the toilet and printing them: the bathtub was ruined by acids; the air, with the one window sealed with parcel tape, was perpetually impregnated with the pungent odor of chemical substances. ‘ “By dint of respiration these poisons, my face had turned greenish!” Jokes Vanderperre.
Prime, shorts in Re-Nylon, five-pocket denims in natural denim. Every little thing, Prada.
© Willy Vanderperre
“It was an condominium with massive home windows and partitions typically painted white, in order that we might use each ray of sunshine,” he provides. “I used to be in actual fact – and nonetheless am – obsessive about taking pictures in pure gentle. In winter this meant having only some hours obtainable, however I did not care: I wished to seize the essence of the fashions, with none artifice of any sort ».
(Hold it going)
Style credit service Willy And Olivier in Stadspark:
Pictures by Willy Vanderperre
Styling by Olivier Rizzo
Fashions: Ashley Radjarame @ Img, Bert De Roeck @ The Troopers, Daan Duez, Louise Robert, Kamil Pluym, Stinne Trappeniers, Fien Maes, Craig Shimirimana @ Insurgent, Metta Irebe @ Ladies, Naomi Ekindi @ Unit, Oskar Taifun Helmbold, Sey Lee @ Tomorrow Is One other Day
Hair Anthony Turner @ Streeters
Make-up Karin Westerlund @ Artlist
Manicure Lotje Wings
On set Mindbox
Particular due to Stéphane Virlogeux
All through the service. Stretch cotton collar and badges, Raf Simons. All Stars sneakers in cotton, Converse. Cotton socks, Falke.
Learn the total interview by Michele Fossi and browse the report by Willy Vanderperre within the June difficulty of Vogue Italia, on newsstands from four June
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