Roland Mouret inspired by paradise
(Cover) - EN Fashion - Roland Mouret's show provided a "tiny corner of paradise" at Paris Fashion Week today.
The French designer is famed for his elegant and demure designs, particularly the moon dress, made famous by Victoria Beckham.
Mouret's new collection differed from his past designs as it had a slightly more relaxed feel.
His new garments were slackened at the shoulders, skirts occasionally flowed out around legs and belts were loosely tied.
The collection did feature some body-con skirts and bandaged bra tops, but these were all juxtaposed against loose tailored jackets.
All dresses and skirts were still kept at his trademark, modest knee length giving the collection an overall romantic feel. Mouret expressed how he came up with the collection.
"It's about finding that tiny corner of paradise for your summer holiday," he enthused. "Those little corners that still exist, perhaps a little village in the South of France, that have not yet been made all shiny and mass market by tourism."
The garments were block colours of black, crimson, mustard and midnight blue. However the collection became playful with an odd scattering of polka dots. Swallows also featured in the collection swooping across dresses in graceful arcs.
One model wore a crimson body-con pencil skirt, against a sort grey patterned jacket tucked in at the waist. A casually knotted black belt completed the look.
Make-up was kept low key with a soft sweeping of bronzer across the models' cheeks to give them that holiday glow.
Hussein Chalayn also presented his Spring/Summer 12 collection this morning.
He has been away from the runway for a few seasons, but returned with a powerful show. Whilst floppy hats and flowery patterns screamed pure summer, hooded dresses and bold lines gave the collection a futuristic edge. Black, white and grey were Chalayn's main palette, but he occasionally mixed in fruity tones of lemon yellow and juicy peach.
Vionnet, Sacai and Yang Li also presented this morning. This afternoon sees highly anticipated big names such as Lanvin, Vivienne Westwood and Christian Dior all showing their collections.
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