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Paris: French designers Orphelie Klere and Francois Alary’s have the twisted coquette look down pat. With a color palette that has almost always been restricted to stark black and white, the Paris-based label that formed in 2004 has become known for putting an edgy, slightly macabre twist on cute and wearable basics. Prim button-ups, slouchy knit sweaters, pleat-front carrot trousers and shirtdresses all scored high on the accessibility scale, while graphic prints added a bold, and sometimes aggressive touch to these otherwise simple shapes. Inky scenery motifs, twisted ghost patterns, fat horizontal stripes and wintry micro-florals straddled the line between ladylike and subversive, putting a fresh spin on this season’s wardrobe staples.

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