Paris: After F/W 10’s camel statement and S/S 11’s ethereal pales, it seemed Hannah MacGibbon was stuck in the neutrals, but Pre-Fall’s blast of bright yellow, pumpkin orange and cinnamon tones was a compelling change for the designer, and the collection was all the more appealing for the addition of the optimistic hues. Pleated below-the-knee skirts, wide-leg pants and boxy coats drew from the much-referenced 70s, and a patchwork knit shawl and striped blanket coat looked crafty yet elevated. Long-over-long silhouettes were new, with tunics and sweater dresses worn over trousers. An apparent favorite of the designer, the turtleneck returned – this time in chunky ribbed knits – and was featured on its own or as a base layer. The low-key sophistication for which MacGibbon has become known remained, but the compelling color infusion served to make the appealing pieces even more covetable.

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