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ARTIST IN RESIDENCE

Paris:  Celebrating the 40th anniversary of Kenzo Takada’s journey from Japan to Paris was the inspiration behind creative director Antonio Marras’ S/S 11 collection. Only this time, Marras reversed the story, imagining a French artist who travels to Japan and discovers ways to blend the various cultural influences. Berets, Breton stripes and espadrilles seamlessly mixed with soft tailored jackets, easygoing silhouettes and an overall appreciation for authentic details. The painterly florals that showed up on a few jackets and shorts had a watercolor quality, helping to underline the Côte d’Azur mood. Later in the show, a Japanese influence was expressed in rustic neutrals and artisanal textile techniques like weaving, crocheting and quilting. A trompe l’oeil sweater that was patterned with cable motifs was a standout, as were the clashing mixes of stripes: horizontal worked with vertical, and narrow with wide.

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