the most accurate definition of ann demeulemeester's work is best described as "poetry in motion". the passion she has for her craft permeates every cut and stitch in her designs. for two decades her aesthetic has never been compromised by trends or whatever else is inspiring fashion of that moment. her mixture of rock, goth, and deconstructed sensibility has acquired her some of the most devoted and loyal customers in the business. her story she tells through her clothes possesses a powerful poignancy that becomes extremely personal to her clientel. to wear her clothes feels like a personal conversation with the designer herself. for spring/summer 2009 she presented something that she has been experimenting with a lot lately, embellishment. a soft sprinkling of crystals showered soft, drapey dresses that perfectly married her penchant for deconstruction and the romanticism so closely associated with her. while she stuck with her trademark use of black and white, by gently adding touches of khaki in her collection, she gave the clothes a sense of utility and as the show progressed, the shots of vivid oranges, reds, pinks and yellows injected the collection with a sense of serenity by using colours associated with tibetan monks. while many of the collections presented for next season defied the plummeting economy through displays of unabashed opulence, demeulemeester, always the poet, did it by giving her collection a soul.