May 10, 2017 | By Carlene Thomas Bailey
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Paris: Anne Valerie Hash downsized her show this season and invited press into a more intimate catwalk, in a slightly rundown setting. Models walked along a sparkly wall with an antique cracked mirror. The designer returned to her roots of construction/deconstruction and presented a limited collection of only jumpsuits — her trademark. The show was all about contrasts, as the notes stated: “Rigour & nonchalance, structure & fluidity, an asymmetric harmony”. The pieces, in black or white, had strong lines that were inspired by a man’s wardrobe, but were softened with delicate laces and organza overlays, juxtaposed to reveal skin through transparencies. “Women love my jumpsuits; a jumpsuit is more cool and relaxed than a dress – it has so much more attitude,” said Anne. Standout pieces included a style suspended from a corset, with a draped asymmetric sash floating down one side, a mash-up between a dress and a romper; a more covered-up version played on a man’s tuxedo with intriguing lace detailing. Anne has a profound knowledge of the female form and uses it to design clothes that show off the womanly shape in an exquisite way. “Jumpsuits are for a woman that wants relaxed elegance and ease,” said Anne. All the models were styled with trainers, adding nonchalance to the elegant looks. —Celia Ingesson
Silhouette: Menswear / Asymmetric / Deconstructed
Color: Skin / Black / White
Key Items: Tuxedo-inspired jumpsuit with lace inserts at shoulders and back / Blazer-turned-backwards front jumpsuit / Shiny metallic jumpsuit with lace back
Materials: Silk crepe / Silk Satin / Organza / Lightweight wool crepe / Lace
Details + Trim: Lace insert tuxedo stripes / Satin lapels / Center-back heavy zip
Accessories + Footwear: Trainers in black or white
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