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Paris 68

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BAROQUE SEDUCTION

New York: Marcella Lindeberg is a woman with many hats – wife of menswear designer Johan Lindeberg of the successful J. Lindeberg line, creative consultant to Justin Timberlake’s William Rast label, and now designer of her own line, Paris68. The name represents the French students’ struggle against the Vietnam War, but to Marcella it means inner strength and freedom. Inspired by the crumbling facades of buildings in her childhood home of Milan, as well as the industrial interiors in Antonioni’s Il Deserto Rosso, Lindeberg presented hard-edged looks with seductive overtones. Pants were second-skin tight, skirts were slim and extra short and peplum jackets were nipped in at the waist showing off womanly curves. Rich fabrics like fur, Lurex-quilted suede, velvet and metallic mesh give the collection a feeling of luxury, and details like swinging tassels and hand embroideries gave the garments Baroque sensibility. While the dropped-rise onesies with ultra-high thigh slits might not have been the most appealing design, Marcella’s line is off to a good start, and if the front row at her show was any indication – Carine Roitfeld, Terry Richardson, Jefferson Hack and Olivier Zahm were all in attendance – the collection is sure to get good press.

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