Depending on who you talk to, this collection could either be a breakthrough in terms of the visual amalgamation of Paris’ Left and Right Bank sensibilities, or a journey with earlier sartorial strides. This particular experience of delving into the intricacies of Parisienne style is akin to perusing a dynamic cultural tapestry of the historically-rich city, through the lens of a creator determined to march to his own beat.
A brave imagination of the Left Bank’s bohemian eccentricities imbued with the Right Bank’s structure, this collection is characterised by impeccable tailoring, jagged shapes and the juxtaposition of tough with delicate, such as the laced-up combat boots with flowing dresses and lace outfits. And the use of leather – for example, in tube dresses and slashed sleeves on overhung shoulders – epitomises the aesthetic preference for insouciant grungy glam-chic rather than the “bon chic, bon genre” that is representative of a more contrived style.
While one would be hard-pressed to associate the collection with functionality (indeed, save for the fanciful T-shirts that reference the heads of the 18th-century fauns decorating the façade of 2 Place Vendôme, the most wearable items for the everywoman looking to take home a piece of the collection would likely be the perennially covetable accessories range, such as the structured handbags and shoes), it would be an injustice not to laud the designer for sticking by his vision, instead of trying to decipher and pander to the crowd’s whims and fancies.
Check out the SS'17 Dossier in the February 2017 issue of L'Officiel Singapore (out now on newsstands and Magzter).