May 10, 2017 | By Carlene Thomas Bailey
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Paris: An Vandevorst and Filip Arickx presented their most formal collection yet for fall. The Belgian husband-and-wife design duo is known for having an avant-garde sensibility, and that was certainly visible here (see the quirky Cousin It hairdos and asymmetrical outerwear). But there were many straightforward pieces in this season’s offering, as well. Tapered trousers, peplum tops, and delicate crepe de chine shirts were approachable and elegant, and the bustier-bodiced evening gowns that appeared throughout were simply enchanting. Baroque-inspired decorative prints and classic paisleys helped to create a traditional, refined feeling. Though the collection was made up of just sixteen looks, each one was strong and confident, proving that the label is still one to look to for a directional yet sophisticated perspective. –Joanna Manganaro
Silhouette: Long and lean / Tapered / Asymmetrical / Peplum / Volume at hips
Color: Black / Navy / Anthracite / Midnight blue / Deep purple / White / Dove grey / Silver
Key Items: Tapered pants / Printed evening gowns / Asymmetrical jackets / Peplum tops
Materials: Jacquard / Brocade / Medium-gauge yarns / Wool suitings / Taffeta / Crisp cotton / Duchesse satin / Mohair yarns / Parachute silks / Curly fur
Print + Pattern: Baroque filigree / Paisley
Details + Trim: Flap pockets / Peplums / Bustier details / Gathering / Self-belts
Accessories + Footwear: Fur stoles / Skinny belts / Wide stamped leather belt / Platform booties / Knee-high boots / Lace-up boots / Mid-calf boots
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