Ann Demeulemeester and Patti Smith at the conclusion of Ann’s Fall 2006 collection
Patti Smith’s style has become almost as legendary as her music and it’s been emulated countless times. If it weren’t for Patti Smith, Hedi Slimane for Dior wouldn’t have been a huge commercial success; and Ann Demeulemeester probably wouldn’t have designed at all.
In fact, Demeulemeester claims Smith not only as her muse, but also as her soul mate. Smith has had countless creative partnerships over the course of her artistic career, but none quite like her long-term friendship with the Belgian fashion designer.
Both Smith and Demeulemeester have stressed that their friendship is more than joint ventures. There seems to be a fierce sense of understanding between them that of a kind shared only by kindred spirits. “Patti has always been part of my universe,” Demeulemeester has said, “but I don’t want to vulgarise our contact, which is really magical and beautiful. It’s almost sacred to me, which is why I never talk about it in the press. Please don’t reduce our friendship to a trouser or a skirt.”