Je Suis Belle (French for “I Am Beautiful”) is the brainchild of Dalma Dévényi and Tibi Kiss, who met in Budapest. We’re so far removed from Hungary here in the tropics — I have to admit I don’t really know that much about it. There seems, however, something very dark about the place, judging by its AW09 collection:
First thing that came to mind was Jun Takahashi’s AW09 collection, which is equally intriguing. Instead of having a runway show, he took photos of his models in a forest outside of Tokyo. Trust the Japanese to come up with innovative methods to circumvent problems posed by the current economy. GO GO UNDERCOVER!
BTW, the poor Lavinia in Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus comes to mind as well. She is raped, has her tongue cut off and her limbs amputated. Get the Chris Dunne film if you want to see the gory details, or click here for a still from the Royal Shakespeare Company. I’m rather reluctant to put it up here in case we have weak-stomached readers.