Presentation: 6 rue Fèrou, a large abandoned private house at Place St Suplice in the 6th arrondissement of Paris. The official ‘calendar’ of shows, sent to journalists by the French Chambre Syndical of Haute Couture and Prêt a Porter is stamped and used an invitation. The invited public fill the first two floors of the house. All shutters on the windows and curtains are shut to the outside world. Only the existing light bulbs, hanging on a wire from each ceiling, light each room. The sound and conversations of the public on the first floor are broadcast to the public on the ground floor and vice versa. While the public waits for the show to begin, men in white coats, wearing ‘sandwich boards’, walk in procession through the rooms. Poster size photographs of garments from ‘6’ are printed on each sandwich board. Fifteen men wearing garments from ‘10’ follow them. When all twenty-five men leave the space, the lights go out, and the invited public stands in darkness. Forty women wearing the collection begin their procession, one at a time, through each room. As each woman enters a room they are lit by small lights hand-held by a team of fifty-four men spread throughout the house. As they move through the room their light follows them and goes out as they leave the room. Each woman smells of patchouli oil. A soundtrack of heavy rock music plays over the sound system. For the finale all of the forty women and twenty-five men, pass through the crowd.
Collection: The collection is now made up of groups: 0: Reworked garments for women; 0/10: Reworked garments for men; 1: A collection for women; 6: Garments for girls & women, 10: A wardrobe for men, 13: Publications – objects and 22: Shoes for women. All groups other than ‘1’ carries a label on which the numbers 0 to 23 are printed. In each case the relevant number for that piece is encircled on its label.
Is it possible to like a character for the potential they could have had?
This may seem like a weird choice, considering how much I’ve complained about Rachel’s role in AL in the past. But endlessly ranting about it wasn’t going to change anything. So, I started writing an AU fanfic, If You Only Had Time, with @upsofloatingmanybellsdown.
One of the most pointless, forgotten PL characters suddenly became one of my favourites just from writing about her. It’s funny how attached you can get to a character by giving them a personality, a voice, meaningful relationships, their own motivations and a life. It’s not easy inserting a fully-fleshed out character into 3 games (and a movie) worth of canon, but it’s not impossible. I would moan at Level 5 for their missed opportunities… but then, we wouldn’t be able to write this fic :)
One canon fact we know about Rachel - she was a caring mother. And you can bet she’d be the best mum to Emmy. In this AU, she survives her illness (mainly thanks to Emmy), but she still feels the effects of it when she and Emmy flee the Nest. Right now, they’re hidden away in Hoogland. Amongst sheep festivals, freak tornadoes and Dragonlord weddings, Rachel needs to cut all ties with her husband…
1847 Jean-Baptiste van der Hulst - Godefridus Andreas Melord van Middelharnis with his wife Anna Josephina Wittert van Hoogland and their children Everardus Bonefacius Andreas Melort van Middelharnisand & Louisa Gijsberta Cornelia