Tom Notte and Bart Vandebosch, the brains behind cult Milanese menswear label Les Hommes, have wanted to launch a women’s line for ages now. The duo – both graduates from the infamous Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp – are synonymous for their sharp, jet-black suits, which happen to be a big hit with the ladies, too.

Some of the brand’s most loyal clientele are women, a number of whom have even commissioned the pair in the past to create personal capsule collections. So why did the duo decide a global pandemic would be an apt opportunity to venture into a whole new ball game? “The final decision to start was taken during the first lockdown in March,” says Notte and Vandebosch. “In all this misery and uncertainty created by the pandemic, it was relieving to work on a project that  stands for hope, joy, strength and beauty.”

The first Les Hommes – Femme collection is a sheer reflection of the brand’s DNA. Positioned towards “contemporary elegance”, a distinct blend of tailoring with party-wear unites masculine tropes with feminine finishes. In an entirely black colour palette, patent leather meets velvet and the occasional sequin on strong-shouldered blazers, going-out dresses and coats with Couture sleeves, with each look finished with champagne-hued hardware.

“It is a project very close to our hearts,” say the pair. “The womenswear is the next chapter of our creative lives and gives us an opportunity to express ourselves in our views with regards to women’s fashion.” The full Les Hommes – Femmes collection will be revealed during Milan Men’s Fashion Week in a month’s time, where the brand’s mens- and womenswear collections will unify for the first time. Keep your eyes peeled.

Photography courtesy of Les Hommes. Les Hommes – Femme will be unvailed January 15 at Milan Men’s Fashion Week. 

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