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SURREAL GEOMETRY
Paris: Surrealism has appeared in a number of collections this month, interpreted via silhouette or appropriated for graphic prints. From exaggerated cloche hats and melting, pop-Renaissance face prints to the unbalanced effect of pairing color blocked, strong shoulder jackets with high-waisted hot pants, Nicolas Ghesquière also brought an absurd geometry to Spring. Liberally mixing his metaphors, the designer reworked Cristobal Balenciaga’s archives into pleated denim trousers, dropped waist sheaths with utilitarian pockets and strong silk blouses, i.e. the type of successfully off-kilter work true fashion fans seek. —Nina Stotler

Silhouette: Voluminous / Oversized / Cocoon / A-line

Color: Olive / Sky blue / Sage / White / Black / Silver / Hazelnut / Beige / Candy pink / Cranberry / Peach / Khaki

Key Items: Hot shorts / Oversize tunic dresses / Boxy jackets / Long sleeve blouses / Fitted panel pants / Dropped waist sack dresses / Fringe skirts / High waist denim trousers / Halter neck blouses

Materials: Silk / Taffeta / Lurex / Jersey / Synthetics / Leather / Cellophane / Denim / Cotton

Print + Pattern: Spots / Color blocking / Stripes / Face graphics

Details + Trim: Pleats / Patchwork / Piping / Contrast pockets / Draping / Embroidery / Cone collars / Sequin appliqué / Fringe / Shoulder panels / Shoulder padding / Watteau backs

Accessories + Footwear: Stiff clutches / Shoulder bags / Suede boots / Square sunglasses / Resin bangle bracelets / Waist-cinching belts / Visors / Exaggerated cloche hats / Winged heels

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