For the past 10 years the ingenuous Vanessa Bruno has used her imagination and alternated seasonally between two influences – the folk elegance of her Danish mother, top model in the 70’s and confirmed antique-hunter, and the taste of adventure of her self-taught father who was one of the first to tread the still virgin lands of women’s ready-to-wear. From these chic bohemian vibes ahead of their time, she has retained the euphoria and distance necessary for those who let nothing stand in their way. During a Canadian escapade, at the age of 18, she discovered the joys of flea markets and vintage men’s wear fabrics (herringbone, flannel) that she was to adapt later for her first women’s wear models. After this, Vanessa Bruno, who also enjoyed a brief career as a model, offered an alternative to the designers who reigned supreme in the 90’s. She cut through and crossed the androgynous spirit of the contemporary woman and post-romantic femininity. Self-possessed, amused, she makes anything possible: from the contemporary reinterpretation of medieval princesses to the confident simplicity of life in the great outdoors, via the more arts and crafts aspect of fashion that casually blends into the contemporary landscape. With her, jaded authenticity recovers its credibility and the hint of reserved audacity seen in her streetwise models willingly rubs shoulders with the great classics(sequined “cabas” tote bags, fluid dresses, lisle knit) which, over time and acrossthe world, have drawn the main lines of the VB stamp;“The garment must speak for itself” as she prettily says. As if for her, woman had come down from her pedestal and was walking nonchalantly among us, supremely down-to-earth yet evanescent. Curious, generous, Vanessa Bruno is freely inspired by the 90’s English music scene, by the volatile energy of Iggy Pop, Patty Smith or Janis Joplin who have recently been followed , in her personal pantheon, by Cat Power, Keren Ann or the lunar angel Feist, who keeps on enchanting us with her crafted melodies. Nothing is incidental with Vanessa Bruno who, above and beyond her collections, roughly sketches out a hybrid and resolutely personal world that she brings into play all the way to her stores in Paris or Tokyo. It is like being in her home, cradled by soft Scandinavian illusions, in the shade of a blossoming cherry tree or fleshly faded walls. Like her fashion shows and presentations haunted by live bands and post-rock angels, or her hazy images that have dressed her brand for the past few years, signed by mark Borthwick, alternative fashion photographer of a nebulous world inspired by contemporary art. http://www.vanessabruno.com/
Available to purchase from the Vanessa Bruno store, 1a Grafton St, W1, 02074997838
A stellar girl, a radiant girl who clutches onto the moon and arrives in an unknown land, on unmarred ground, as immaculate as her white ensemble. Is this the end of reality, the beginning of a dream? The new Vanessa Bruno film directed by Stephanie Di Giusto presents a face, that of Kate Bosworth. She lives in an illusory house, set in the desert of an improbable space-time where anything is possible, whether weightlessness or challenging the course of time. Her past resurfaces. It is airy and subconscious: a child's hand caressing her face, a swimming pool in sunny California, laughter, life. Kate rushes forth and doesn’t look back, there were memories and now there is the horizon, a future to invent, to imagine, like a futuristic fairy tale. She finally reveals herself to the moon, like a young woman messiah illuminated from within by telluric thoughts. Beyond its dreamlike nature, the film is a reflection of the Vanessa Bruno collection, a candor of tone in which the shell – the pearly softness of the clothes – is exiled beyond the contingencies of everyday life. A Style, a mode of dress in lieu of sunscreen against the surrounding somber grayness from which the silhouette and the face of actress Kate Bosworth radiate hope. A weightless film where imagination reigns and safeguards a purity that nothing can hinder. A girl with her head in the clouds, who clings to her dreams. Or on towards the stars?
LØV, the new autumn-winter 2011-2012 film directed by Stephanie Di Gusto. After Lou Doillon, there is the appearance of a another heroine: Kate Bosworth. Her mysteriousness, her strength. Also another side to femininity, a stirring truthfulness which is renewed with every look, every movement accompanied by a wisp of assertiveness and purity. A new gracefulness progressing to a confident allure, conquering, a battling frailty. It starts with an urban universe almost futuristic where this femininity comes up against angles, up against emptiness where lines are sought for and where poetry is found. A surrealistic dance, frantic and lively giving a light note to this ballad, this adventure which is perhaps the landscape of a soul. Then the thread of the tale gets tenser. We come across a more solemn Kate, looking inwards, a mysterious warrior. Kate runs away, frightened by her dark double, perhaps her mirror reflection, perhaps her sister in dreams. White horses bolt with the music, liberating her wildness and the impatient purity of her energy, of her victory. Euphoria of flight, of a grace released from the surface, from reality. Light headed. Kate is at the top of a tree of life giving herself up to an appeasing sun, to a sensual rapture winging towards the heart of the matter, streaming along, a reflection on the water. In fact, a love story. www.vanessabruno.com
French designer Vanessa Bruno opened her first ever London flagship store in October 2010. Situated on Mayfair’s Grafton Street the boutique evokes the brand’s signature deconstructionism approach via contrasting materials, that give the impression of a contemporary boudoir, mixing old details with modern pieces. The opening was marked by a drinks reception held in the store. Margherita Missoni, Poppy Delevingne, Charlotte Casiraghi and Ophelia Lovibond were all in attendance to help the designer celebrate. www.vanessabruno.com