May 10, 2017 | By Carlene Thomas Bailey
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Paris: With concha belts, Native American-inspired jewelry, floor-sweeping broomstick skirts and plenty of gingham, Alexis Mabille seemed to conjure an idealized interpretation of the American West. But with his affinity for romantic details and femininity, the looks took on a very French sense of delicateness. Bits of lace were attached to collars and sleeves, and three-dimensional flower appliqués decorated sweet dresses. Tailored pieces were spot-on, but slouchy graphic sweatshirts and tees challenged their precision. Though the clashes of American and French, casual and buttoned-up didn’t always work, it was a step away from the overly precious collections Mabille has presented in the past, and that was a favorable development. –Joanna Manganaro
Silhouette: Slim / A-line / Full-skirted / Long + Languid
Color: Baby blue / Pastel pink / Whitened pink / Lemon yellow / White / Black
Key Items: Long pleated skirts / Slim pants / Gingham separates / Lace-embellished sheaths
Materials: Crisp cotton / Lace / Textural silk / Sweatshirt jersey / Lightweight suitings / Fluid silks / Laminated leathers / Satin / Organza / Tulle
Print + Pattern: Gingham / Swirling graphics
Details + Trim: Lace appliqués / Flower appliqués / Layered ruffles / Halter necklines / Beading / Paper bag waists / Drawstrings
Accessories + Footwear: Native American-inspired earrings / Multi-strand silver pendant necklaces / Stacked metal bangles / Concha belts / Slouchy bags / Wristlets / Flat boots with straps and buckles
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