November 29, 2020
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Inès de la Fressange RTW Spring 2018

Inès de la Fressange stepped back a decade from her period of predilection for spring, offering up a collection that riffed on Sixties references like bright floral prints. “It’s inspired by Prisunic in Mantes-la-Jolie,” said de la Fressange, referring to the now defunct retailer (it was absorbed by Monoprix in the early Aughts) that was a fixture in French provincial towns for decades. Mantes, about an hour from Paris, is where de la Fressange spent her formative years at school. “It was the only place in town that was even slightly fashionable,” she recalled.
Cue flower-power motifs in clashing orange and pink on high-necked blouses and jersey dresses and a pale brown suede miniskirt with a star motif. There were also plenty of the bohemian references of the era for the less outgoing, such as a delicately striped linen wrap dress and peasant top.
Other items were more in keeping with the style de la Fressange is better known for — casual Parisian classics — but with a twist. A simple trenchcoat was given naive embroidered motifs “as if a child had scribbled on its mother’s coat,” she said. “Parisian style is a bit serious sometimes, and I want to counter that,”

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