Paris fashion week 2016-17
To call it “dramatic staging” would have been an under-statement. Before the show had even begun, thick fog filled the air, and the ominous lighting was dark and serious.
Designer Simone Porte Jacquemus chose to draw his inspiration from a place close to home — les Stantons de Provence. Looks hearkened back to a more traditional time in the South of France, where community members engaged in agricultural work-dress for their days, with obvious and organic French flare.
One word to describe the collection was “constructed,” but not overly so. The designer was careful to bring the woman to a semi-genderless space, with square and rectangular silhouettes, and yet he is so very vigilant to accent a woman’s natural curves to avoid losing a dash of femininity.
A component of men’s suiting was present and strong — a big topic of conversation for designers in the last year or so, since the dream to revive YSL’s Le Smoking was anticipated. The two-piece suits were square, as for a man, but fluid with excess fabric and measured mobility, and leaving the deep V to accentuate volume.
I can so easily picture a Parisienne traversing a wide boulevard, donning this look on an average spring Saturday afternoon.