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Impasse de la Defense

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CULTURAL CUT-UP

Paris runways are typically fashion’s most sophisticated, with inspirational if not directly salable collections for Juniors. One of the more market-appropriate labels showing this week is Impasse de la Defense, a creative mash-up of street art influences by designer Karim Bonnet. For S/S 10, the line continued its DIY direction, showing frocks emblazoned with giant blow-ups of cut-up magazine covers juxtaposed with graphic patterned panels and trompe l’oeil vests. Unfinished hems lent a casual and artistic feeling to the dresses, and the purposefully rumpled materials and leggings that bagged at the knee emphasized the offhand, not-trying-too-hard chic. These bold colors and geometric patterns would also work in more constructed and sleek pieces.

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