May 10, 2017 | By Carlene Thomas Bailey
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New York: Josep Font, Creative Dirctor of the prét-a-couture house, was influenced for autumn/winter 2015/16 by the Australian artist Rhys Lee and Russian painter Andrey Remnev’s modern interpretation of the Pre-Raphaelite spirit. The set resembled a winter wonderland of white cardboard trees as the models walked the curvy path to a slow and serene soundtrack. The structure and architecture maintained throughout the collection elicited an effortless ease with sheer fabric blocking, origami folds, balloon contoured sleeves and padded shoulders. Embellishments were quite breathtaking with bright colored and oversized floral appliqué placements, sequins, and geometric patterns. Velvet played an interesting role with three different uses; devoré velvet was used within evening wear, traditional velvet for heavier-weight blocking and technical velvet used in turtlenecks and daywear. Knitwear made a major impact with oversized silhouettes, multi-stitch patterns, and ornate crochet appliqué draping along the body. Color was bold and unique with bright shades of neon yellow, Yves Klein blue, Kelly green, and red pairing back to more subtle hues of nudes, blush, and icy blue. –Jaclyn Jones
Theme: Colorful architecture
Key Items: Long line coat / Swing coat / Cape / Contour sleeve top / Sleeveless blouse / Cropped top / Turtleneck / Tunic / Heavy gauge sweater / Tent dress / Pinafore dress / Shift dress / A-line mini dress / Caped dress / Sweater dress / Column gown / Empire waist gown / Draped Grecian gown / A-line mini skirt / Wide leg trouser / Pleated cropped trouser / Pant suit
Color: Yves Klein blue / Blush / Chocolate brown / Black / Nude / Kelly green / Candy apple red / Neon yellow / Grey / Icy blue / Orange / Rose / White
Materials and Trims: Wool voile / Crepe / Felt / Mouflon wool / Velvet / Mohair / Merino / Alpaca / Silk / Leather patchwork / 3-D appliqué
Print and Pattern: Abstract houndstooth / Dark florals / Floral appliqué
Accessories and Footwear: Floral fascinator / Round toe pumps with ankle straps / Calfskin boots
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